(Liliaceae), Virginia bunchflower, is a perennial herbaceous forb of wet,
mesic prairies. It is found in most of the eastern United States extending
west into Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. M. virginicum was recently
placed on the Illinois list of threatened plants in 1999 due to a decline in
its presence from 17 counties in the 1800's to 3 (Hancock, McDonough, and
Warren) counties at present. Only one of these populations is protected,
being in the Massasauga Prairie Nature Preserve.