It grows in dry, woodland in Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba and Jamaica. This species has a bulbous base and tends to grow singly or in clumps of just a few plants. An adult species is normally 10-12 cm in diameter, and the blades and sheaths are silvery blue-green. The floral cluster is smooth and not hairy. The blooms few in number. The scape and floral bracts are cherry and the flowers are grape violet.