Distribution: Scattered locations in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Montana and Wyoming; widely distributed in east of the Mississippi River.
Habitat: Occurring in disturbed soil, waste ground.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial herb from a rhizome, the numerous stems weak, reclining to erect from a decumbent base, 3-12 dm. tall, usually glabrous; short, ascending, leafy, perennial shoots produced from the base in summer and fall.
Leaves in whorls of 6 or 8, sessile, with forward-pointing, scabrous hairs on the margins, otherwise glabrous, broadly linear to linear-oblong, 1-3 cm. long, 1-nerved, tipped with a sharp point.
Flowers numerous in a terminal, branched, spreading panicle; calyx obsolete; corolla 4-lobed, white, 2-4 mm. wide; ovary 2-celled, inferior.
Fruit dry, small, 1-1.5 mm. high, glabrous.