Native to Chile and now widely distributed along the west coast in California and Oregon.
An annual that prefers sandy or gravel soils, and a problem in landscape areas with constant irrigation. Reproduction is from seeds that germinate in late winter, and plants mature by mid-spring.
Mature plants are small and compact, with many stems coming from the basal area and multiple branching of the stems. The stems and leaves are small and have a fleshy feel, with foliage turning reddish as it matures.
The leaves are tiny and closely joined on the stem, and they are oval to elongate, only 1/8 inch long. The tiny green flowers arise from the axils of the leaves.
Characteristicts Important to Control:
Sandy soils with constant moisture availability are preferred.