Bulb 1-2.5 mm diam., usually not proliferating; tunics dirty ivory. Leaves 3-6, patent or erect, linear-suboblanceolate, 5-15 cm x 2.5 mm, canaliculate, apex obtuse, upper surface glaucous, with a narrow pale median band of hinge cells. Scape 4-10 cm, overtopping leaves. Raceme rather lax, broadly ovoid-oblong, 2-3 cm x 10-15 mm, not elongating in fruit, only 15-40 flowered, flowers often ± imbricate. Pedicels of fertile flowers deflexed and 1-3 mm in flower, horizontal and to 5 mm in fruit. Fertile flowers obovoid to oblong-urceolate, 4-4.5 x 2.5-3 mm, strongly constricted, diam'eter of orifice c. 1/2 that of bright blue or violet-blue tube; lobes c. 1 mm, white or pale bluish. Stamens subuniseriate, attached in middle of tube. Pedicels of sterile flowers ascending, 0.5-1 mm. Sterile flowers oblong-urceolate to attenuate, 3-5 mm, divaricate to patent, the same colour or paler than fertile flowers. Capsule ovoid-orbicular, 6-12 x 6-10 mm, emarginate. Seeds c. 2 mm diam. 2n = 18. Fl. 5 -7. Mountain pastures, stony slopes, on calcareous and igneous substrata, 1500-3000 m.
Endemic. Medit. element.