Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; a cosmopolitan weed distributed widely throughout North America.
Habitat: Roadsides, fields and other disturbed, open areas.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Fibrous-rooted perennial from a short, stout, woody base, tan-woolly at the crown, the several scapes 1.5-6 dm. tall, grooved and ridged.
Leaves all basal, woolly to glabrous, 3- to several-nerved, lance-elliptic, acute, 10-40 cm. long and 1-4 cm. wide.
Inflorescence a dense, bracteate, cylindric spike, 1.5-8 cm. long and 1 cm. wide; bracts thin, ovate, acuminate; the 4 sepals with strong mid-veins, the outer two united, with separate mid-veins; corolla lobes 4, 2-2.5 mm. long, spreading or reflexed; stamens 4, exerted; ovary superior, 2-celled.
Capsule 3-4 mm. long