A perennial plant, 20 – 60 cm tall, with an elongated cylindrical bulb, the stem is erect; only the lower part has leaves. Flowers are arranged in a compound inflorescence that is actually a cyme. The petals are reddish purple. The plant grows on low and hilly ground, on humid to wet meadows, bogs, and grassy riverbanks. In the Czech Republic, it is primarily found in the lowlands of Central and East Bohemia and in Central and South Moravia.