Distribution: East side of the Cascades, British Columbia to Baja California, east to the Mississippi Valley.
Habitat: Deserts and dry grasslands.
Flowers: May - August
Growth Duration: Annual
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Erect, simple to freely-branched annual, 2-6 dm. tall, usually grayish with a mealy coating.
Leaves alternate, linear to narrowly oblong, the blades entire, 1-nerved, 1.5-4 cm. long and under 4 mm. wide, glabrous but pale above, gray beneath with a dense, mealy coating, narrowed to a short petiole.
Flowers glomerate in terminal and sub-terminal panicles of short spikes; perianth 5-cleft nearly to the base, the lobes developing a prominent mid-ridge; stamens 5, opposite the perianth lobes; styles 2.
The wall of the utricle readily separating from the smooth, shiny seed.