Western North American species found in damp open woods and meadows, from sea level to subalpine elevations. In British Columbia found throughout the province, south of latitude 54º N. Occurs in early seral communities on water-shedding, often colluvial, soils. (Klinka et al., 1995).
Very well drained sandy soils that are rich in organic matter (Pettinger and Costanzo, 2002).
Nitrogen medium soils (Klinka et al., 1995).
Prefers rich acidic loam.
Well-drained, moderately dry to fresh soils (Klinka et al., 1995).
Prefers a partly shaded site with shrub or perennial cover that will keep the soil cool and moist but allow the lily stalk to emerge into the sunlight.
Characteristic of open-canopy young seral forests (Klinka et al., 1995).