Erect, shiny, smooth. Stem branching from base, sometimes swollen above joints. Bracts on stems at leaf joints papery and fringed. Leaves lance-shaped, pointed at tips, usually with a dark spot in the middle, dots on underside. Flowers atop shiny stalks in dense uninterrupted spikes, pink or rarely white. A weedy species most often found on moist places and disturbed soils at low to mid elevations.
- Rarity: Common
- Flowering Time: All Summer
- Life Cycle: Annual, Perennial
- Height: 8--36 inches
- Habitat: Meadow, Bog/Fen/Wetland, Disturbed
- Found In: Olympic Np, N Cascades Np
- Native: No