Other names: Early chess, cheatgrass, military grass, thatch brome
Life cycle: Summer or winter annual
Found in: Winter small grain crops, pastures, fence rows, hay fields and landscapes throughout the U.S. except for the extreme southeast
General description: Grass with very hairy leaves and sheaths and droopy seedheads.
Seedlings: Very hairy on both the leaf blades and sheaths.
True leaves: Densely hairy on top and bottom and rolled in the shoot. They are without auricles and have a membranous ligule and may be toothed near the end.
Flowers and fruit: Seedhead is a purple-tinged, drooping panicle.