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Cheatgrass Origin

Cheatgrass is native to Eurasia and the Mediterranean. It was accidentally introduced to the United States in packing material.

Photo of dried seed heads of cheatgrass.

Dried seed heads of cheatgrass

Photo of expanse of cheatgrass with dried seed heads.

Expanse of cheatgrass with dried seed heads

Photo credit: S Dewey/Utah State Univ. (left)
JM Randall/The Nature Conservancy (right)
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Reference

Whitson TD, ed. 2000. Weeds of the West. Jackson (WY): Western Society of Weed Science. 628 p.