Lilium candidum [Madonna Lily] is a plant in the genus Lilium, one of the true lilies. It is native to the Balkans and West Asia. It forms bulbs at ground level, and unlike other lilies, has a basal rosette of leaves through the winter, which die back in summer. A leafy flower stem, typically up to 1.2 metres [3 ft 11 in] high, sometimes up to 2 metres [6 ft 7 in] high, emerges in late spring and bears fragrant flowers in summer. Flowers are white, flushed yellow at the base.