Leaves and Stem: There is a small tuft of basal leaves, erect to spreading, and a few alternate leaves on each stem (culm). Each leaf is up to 1/8 inch wide and may be longer than the flowering stem but usually shorter. The roots are reddish brown; the base of the leaves and stems are reddish as well. Remnants of leaves from the previous year can persist and are somewhat fibrous. Stems are slender, smooth and 3-sided.