Distribution: Widely distributed throughout much of Washington; Alaska south to California, east to the Rocky Mountains, then mostly across northern U.S. and southern Canada to the Atlantic Coast.
Habitat: Marsh to moist, gravelly areas, mostly were saline or alkaline.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Scapose, herbaceous perennials from woody rhizomes, the scapes 3-12 dm. tall.
Leaves from the rhizome, narrowly linear, the blades flattened, 1.5-2.5 mm. wide, blunt; ligules entire or shallowly lobed, 1.5-4 mm. long.
Flowers perfect, in compact racemes which are over half the length of the plant; pedicles 2-3 mm. long, ascending; perianth segments 6, greenish or purplish, about 2 mm. long; stamens 6, the anthers sessile in the axils of the perianth segments.
Follicles oblong, 5 mm. long, the 6 carpels rounded at the base and with a recurved beak, completely deciduous.