Distribution: Alaska and British Columbia, the Olympics and Cascades of Washington, south to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.
Habitat: Open sloper, moraines, and river bars, subalpine to alpine.
Flowers: July - August
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Tufted, grass-like perennial, the slender stems 1-4 dm. tall.
Basal leaves several; stem leaves narrow, slender-pointed, 1-3 mm. broad.
Inflorescence a spikelike panicle 1-3 cm. long, usually nodding; involucral bract often less than 1 cm. long, always shorter than the panicle; perianth dark brown, the 6 segments 2-3 mm. long, acuminate; anthers 0.5 mm. long, shorter than the filaments.
Capsule shorter than the perianth.