A native plant found in the southwest states, from California east to Colorado and New Mexico.
An annual or short lived perennial that is common in natural arid habitats, but also establishes itself quickly along roadsides and disturbed or open sites. Reproduction is from seeds.
The plants may grow to around 2 feet in height, with the leaves nearly entirely present as a basal rosette. Multiple stems arise in an open, angled manner from the base, and these are distinctive due to their greatly swollen appearance and hollow interior. The white flowers are tiny and nondescript, occurring in small clusters at the ends of the long, thin, open stems.
Characteristicts Important to Control:
Physical removal of unwanted plants should be effective. Dead plants may persist due to the fibrous nature of the stems.