Stems stout, upright, branched at top. Milky sap. Leaves clasping stem or nearly so, 2–3 in. long, yellowish green, ascending, opposite, elliptical to egg-shaped, with pointed tips. Flowers in short-stalked clusters along stem, bell-shaped, greenish or white. Grows in moist places that do not dry out, near streams, springs, among agricultural crops, at low to mid-elevations. Used as an important source of fiber by Native Americans.
- Rarity: Locally Common
- Flowering Time: All Summer
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 12--36 inches
- Habitat: Coastal, Meadow, West-Side Forest, Disturbed, Shrub-Steppe
- Found In: West Gorge, East Gorge, Siskiyous
- Native: Yes