Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains, northern Great Plains, Great Lakes region, and northeastern North America.
Habitat: Moist to fairly dry areas, coastal rain forest to alpine slopes.
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Grass-like, tufted perennial from rhizomes, the stems 2-5 dm. tall, usually decumbent.
Basal leaves several; cauline leaves 2-4, 3-10 mm. broad.
Inflorescence a diffuse, nodding panicle up to 15 cm. long; bracts somewhat lacerate, often with marginal hairs; flowers usually borne singly; perianth greenish or tawny to purplish-brown, the 6 segments 1.5-2 mm. long; anthers 0.3-0.6 mm. long, shorter than the filaments; style 0.2-0.4 mm. long, the stigmas 1 mm. long.
Capsule ovoid, greenish to purplish-brown, equalling the perianth.