Distribution: Introduced for forage purposes in many areas of western United States, becoming widely established.
Habitat: Dry, open areas.
Flowers: June - August
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Tufted perennial without rhizomes, 5-10 dm. tall.
Sheaths open, mostly glabrous; ligules 1 mm. long; blades flat, usually pubescent on the lower surface, 2-5 mm. broad.
Inflorescence a dense spike 3-9 cm. long, the rachis pubescent; spikelets sessile and solitary, several times longer than the internodes, spreading-ascending, 7-12 mm. long, mostly 5- to 7-flowered; glumes and lemmas with awns 2-4 mm. long.