Hordeum jabatum

Squirreltail Barley, Foxtail Barley

An ancient staple food of common folk and their livestock, Barley still nourishes body and soul in winter soups and stews, and remains essential to the beer brewer's craft. Gardeners choose ornamental species with fine silky flowerheads. Plant on a slope where late or early sun will backlight the glistening sprays. Dried stalks add a rustic touch to floral arrangements, and take dye well. Hordeum jubatum, dubbed Squirreltail or Foxtail Barley, bears long, straight awns with a soft reddish tinge. Need full sun and a loose, well-drained soil. Sow seed in spring or autumn. Tolerates heat and drought better than other cereal grains. Pick heads while still green and hang them upside down to dry in airy shade.
Hordeum jabatum, Squirreltail Barley, Foxtail Barley
Arguably the most attractive ornamental grass, it is effective in borders and superb when dried for use in long-lasting flower arrangements. The full, graceful plants with 3-inch-long feathery flower spikes can be grown as an annual. Tolerates poor soil, heat, and wind.

Attributes - Hordeum jabatum

Plant Type: Grass

Bloom Season: Early Summer through Late Summer

Flower Color: Purple

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 1 ft. to 2 ft. 6 in.

Width: 2 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Climate: Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Notes: Thrives in Hot Climates. Container Plants, Showy Flowers.

 
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