Family, Goosefoot. Color, red. Calyx, somewhat fleshy, 2 to 4-lobed. Stamens, generally 2. Stigmas, 2. Flowers, small, in leafy, compound, axillary and terminal spikes. The plant gets its color from the calyx, which is red or purplish. Leaves, of a triangular outline, coarsely toothed, very acute, thickish, the upper long, narrow, petioled. 1 to 2 1/2 feet high. July to September.
Along the seacoast, in salt marshes, from Newfoundland to New Jersey and westward.