Distribution: Commonly cultivated as a forage plant; escaped and well established in the Pacific Northwest.
Habitat: Old fields, roadsides, and waste places.
Flowers: May - July
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Glabrous, tufted perennial, the hollow culms 3-8 dm. tall, usually with several basal, short, leafy stems.
Sheaths open; auricles developed on most leaves; ligules entire, 0.5-1.5 mm. long; blades 3-4 mm. broad, flat to folded.
Inflorescence a single terminal spike 7-25 cm. long, the spikelets on opposite sides of the continuous rachis to which they are attached edgewise; spikelets 6- to 10-flowered, crowded and spreading to distant and erect; glume 7-10 mm. long, pointed, usually exceeding the lower lemma, the glume next to the rachis lacking except on the terminal floret; lemmas acute, unawned, 5-nerved; paleas subequal to the lemmas, firm, 2-nerved.