Stems 1-2 m, densely tomentose distally. Leaves elliptic-lanceolate, reduced distally, 20-50 × 10-25 cm, glabrous or sparsely hairy. Inflorescences paniculate, with spreading to ascending branches, 30-50 cm, densely tomentose; bracts ovate to ovate-lanceolate, shorter than flowers. Tepals white, rhomboid-ovate to ovate, not clawed, 6-9 mm, margins ± deeply and irregularly fimbriate; glands 2, basal, ± mid tepal, yellow, elliptic; ovary glabrous; pedicel 6-12 mm. Capsules oblong-ovoid, 8-10 mm, glabrous. Seeds ± globose, wingless, 5-7 mm. 2n = 32. Flowering summer--early fall. Wet meadows in coastal scrub; 0--100 m; Calif. This showy Veratrum species differs from others in its fragrant flowers with deeply fringed tepals, wingless seeds, and auxiliary bulbs in the lower leaf sheaths, and is restricted as a paleo-endemic to a 96-km coastal stretch of Sonoma and Mendocino counties (C. A. Taylor 1956, 1956b).