This species may be known by its long, narrow leaves whorled on the stem. Color, a greenish white or purplish. Basal leaves wanting, but a few are scattered singly on the stem. Flowers in short spikes, larger below, leading to a point. A bract stands behind each separate flower, and falls with the flower. 6 to 12 inches high. June to November.

Common in fields in dry or moist soil all along the Atlantic coast.