Wurmbea dioica is a herbaceous plant growing to 30 cm tall, with two or three narrow grassy linear leaves. The plant is bulbous. The attractive flowers are white with six petals, with a narrow purple band across each petal, which form a circle near the centre of the flower. Flowering is in winter and spring between July and October. It gets its name Early Nancy from its early flowering in winter. The reddish brown seeds are contained in capsules to 1 cm long.