Meadow death-camas is an herbaceous perennial that grows to 60 cm tall. The leaves are grass-like, mainly basal, channeled and up to 30 cm long. The flowers are whitish, saucer-shaped, and clustered toward the end of the stem. Meadow death-camas grows in open forests, forest edges, and meadows, often where it is damp in the spring, at low to middle elevations. Meadow death-camas often grows intermingled with common camas, but whereas the bulbs of common camas are edible, those of meadow death-camas are deadly poisonous.