Awns may injure livestock and other animals’ eyes and mouths.
About This Species
Native to northern Africa and Eurasia, Cheatgrass is a highly invasive annual grass introduced to North America in the late 1800’s. Cheatgrass is found in the southern parts of BC. It forms dense stands, especially in disturbed areas, and can outcompete native grasses.
How to Identify
Cheatgrass panicles change colour from green to purple to brown as the plant matures and eventually dries. Branches are slender, drooping, and hairy, with up to 8 spikelets with very sharp awls. Mature cheatgrass ranges from 10-75 cm tall with light green, hairy leaves.
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