The fleshy leaves have smooth margins and occur in whorls along the sturdy 1 to 4 foot stem. Each leaf is about 3 inches long and 1/2 to 3/4 inches wide, broadest above the middle.
The lily comes from a scaly bulb and can be propagated by scale division or by seed. It is an attractive plant and worthy of cultivation. Plant in a well-prepared soil with plenty of organic matter worked into it. Several hours a day of sunlight are necessary for blooms.
It was named for the French botanist, Andre Michaux, who traveled widely in the southeastern United States.