Jointed goatgrass is a winter annual that is native to southern Europe and Russia. The plants can grow as a single or multiple stems or tillers, it will grow 15 to 30 inches tall. Leaves are simple and alternate. The auricles of the leaf are at the base. Leaf blades are hairy and are 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch in width. The cylindrical spikes contain 2 to 12 spikelets. The spikelets are 1/2 inch long and contain 1 to 3 viable seeds. The spikelets appear to be “jointed,” they fit into the contour of the rachis. On top of the spikelets, the glumes will appear with long awns. In the seedling stage, Jointed goatgrass looks similar to Winter wheat.