Color, pale pink or nearly white. Slender, erect spikes of small flowers, flesh color, terminate the branches. Leaves, narrow, lance-shaped, with soft hairs along the midrib underneath. Sheaths, narrow, bristly-fringed, marked with short lines, 1 to 3 feet high. If tasted the juice is acid and pungent. June to September.
In wet places, swamps, and even growing quite in water, over all the country.