Perennial, warm, native, poor grazing for wildlife, good grazing for livestock. 6"-2' tall, fortning large bunches of tangled stems and leaves and growing most commonly under the protection of thorny brush. Mass often resembles a bird's nest. Blades and stems are short and fine. Blades soon fall frorn sheath. Inflorescence 2-4" long, purplish to white with single short-awned florets borne on short pedicels. Grows on hills, mesas and plains under protection of brushy plants. Decreases with heavy grazing.