Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; widely distributed throughout much of temperate North America.
Habitat: Widespread weed of disturbed areas, including gardens, roadsides, and waste lots.
Origin: Introduced from Europe, but some populations in the mid-west may be native to North America, according to FNA
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Erect or rounded, freely-branched annual, 2-10 dm. tall, greenish to grayish with a mealy coating, often tinged with red in age.
Leaves alternate, usually firm and somewhat succulent, the blade ovate to rhombic with a wedge-shaped base, 3-10 cm. long, mostly shallowly to deeply wavy-toothed, with a slender, short petiole.
Flowers perfect, glomerate in large, terminal panicles; perianth 5-cleft to below the middle, with a mealy coating, becoming strongly keeled and completely covering the fruit; stamens 5, opposite the perianth lobes; styles 2, short.