Culms stout, 1-3 m, sericeous below the panicle and bearded at the nodes; blades 10-25 mm wide, densely pilose near the base; panicle 2-3 dm, silvery to tawny, its axis villous; spikelets 5-6 mm, cream-color, villous, shorter than and almost concealed by the numerous subtending hairs; awn 10-15 mm, flattened, spirally twisted below; 2n=60. Moist soil, fence-rows, and old fields; N.J. to s. Ind., s. to Fla. and Tex. (E. divaricatus, misapplied; Saccharum a.)
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.