Photo Credit: Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Retrieved from Bugwood.org (Image Number: 1459184), use under CC BY 3.0 US, modified from the original
Jointed goatgrass is native to southeast Europe and was introduced to North America in the late 1800s as a contaminant in wheat. In Canada, it was not discovered until 2006; it was first reported in Ontario.
This grass is considered a serious problem in winter wheat in the US and is spreading extremely quickly.
Jointed goatgrass is an annual grass that grows 35-70 cm tall. Its flowers are in narrow cylindrical spikes that are 5-10 cm long. Its leaves are 2-5 cm wide and 3-15 cm long and have short, evenly spaced hairs at the base where they meet the stem.