Distribution: Occurring in scattered locations on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; widely distributed throughout North America.
Habitat: Old fields, wasteland, roadsides, and other disturbed areas where escaped from cultivation.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Annual, the culms smooth, 8-12 dm. tall.
Sheaths open, smooth; auricles well-developed; ligules 0.5-1 mm. long; blades 10-15 mm. broad.
Inflorescence a stout spike; spikelets 3 per node, 1-flowered, all sessile and fertile; glumes narrow, usually awned; lemmas usually with awns 10-15 cm. long, but sometimes unawned and 3-lobed at the tip.