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Jointed Goat's Grass
Photo Credit: Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Retrieved from (Image Number: 1459184), use under CC BY 3.0 US, modified from the original

Common Name: Jointed Goatgrass

Scientific Name: Aegilops cylindrica

Habitat: farmland, dry grassland, fence lines, disturbed areas

Provincial Designation: Prohibited Noxious

Prohibited Noxious weeds are plant species designated in the Alberta Weed Control Act. Prohibited noxious weeds must be destroyed when found, meaning all growing parts need to be killed or the plant's reproductive mechanisms need to be rendered non-viable.


Jointed Goatgrass is native to southeast Europe and was introduced to North America as a contaminant in wheat. In Canada, it was not discovered until 2006; it was first reported in Ontario.

Legislated Because

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.

Can Be Confused With

Many native and ornamental grass species …  Please keep your eyes out for it and report to when in doubt.

Learn more about this species:

SeeFact Sheets - Alberta Invasive Species Council

For More Information

Weed Identification


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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