The genus Clintonia contains the bead lilies, which flower and then fruit into berries. Plants of this genus are distributed across North America and eastern Asia. This genus was named after De Witt Clinton, an 18th-century botanist and U.S. politician.
The genus include plants without stems, growing from underground rhizomes. They have elliptic, clasping leaves with parallel venation and flowers arranged in small umbels. The flowers parts are by 6: tepals, etamins, ovules. Their fruit is an ovoid berry.