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Evenly spaced fine hairs on grey-green leaves. Alternately arranged zigzag seedhead spikelets. Goes to seed late spring to early summer.
|Distribution||Northern California to Southern Oregon, with expanding distribution.|
|Control||Hand pull/hoe small patches, allow roots to air dry. Mow after flowering but before seeds reach soft boot stage.|
|Reproduction and Spread||Seedheads break apart and can survive field burns. Dispersed by animals, humans, equipment, and vehicles. Seeds viable for 2+ years.|
|Introduced||Originated in Mediterranean Europe and western Asia.|
|Look Alikes||Jointed goatgrass, winter wheat|
|Impact||Creates thatch that suppresses other species; injures livestock by lodging in eyes and mouths; reduces quality and value of wheat harvests.|