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Aegilops speltoides

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Category Grasses
Kingdom Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Angiospermae
Order Poales
Family Poaceae
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  • Cultivation: Invastive, Naturalizing, Easy-To-Grow
  • Light: Sun
  • Soil: Mid-Fertility, Poor, Loam, Clay
  • pH: 7
  • Moisture: Medium, Dry, Well-Drained


  • Form: Groundcover, Herbaceous
  • Habit: Perennial
  • Flower: Small, Catkin
  • Fruit/Seed: Small
  • Foliage: Leaves, Needles, Variegated, Green, Yellow
  • Uses: Ornamental


Aegilops is a genus of plants generally known as goatgrasses and belonging to the grass family, Poaceae.[1] There are about 23 species and numerous sub species in the genus. Various members of the genus are classed as agricultural weeds. Growing through the winter, they resemble winter wheat. They are able to hybridize with various types of wheat and are sometimes classified as members of the wheat genus, Triticum. Aegilops is also the longest English word where the letters are alphabetically ordered.

Aegilops tauschii (also known as Aegilops squarrosa) is important in wheat genetics as a parent of common wheat, Triticum aestivum.