Sub-category: Smartweed family
A summer annual weed plant. It grows to 105 cm in height with elliptic to lanceolate leaves, usually 20 to 75 mm long. It has small pink or red flowers arranged in tight terminal spikes. Around the stem there is a papery sheath known as an ocrea with long, stiff, spine-like hairs at the top.
Found in meadows, roadsides, waste areas.