Distribution: Introduced in much of the United States; mostly west of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon
Habitat: Weed of waste ground, usually at lower elevations
Flowers: March - October
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Glandular-pubescent annual, the several stems ascending to erect, up to 6 dm. long.
Leaves several in widely-spaced whorls, narrowly linear, 1.5-4 cm. long and less that 1 mm. wide, light to dark green.
Flowers on long, slender pedicels in an open, terminal inflorescence; sepals 5, distinct, ovate, 2-3.5 mm. long; petals 5, white, equaling the sepals; stamens 10; styles 5, stigmas linear; ovary 1-celled.
Capsule opening at the tip by 5 valves opposite the sepals.