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Meadow Barley
Hordeum brachyantherum
  
About Meadow Barley (Hordeum brachyantherum) 9 Nurseries Carry This Plant Hordeum brachyantherum is a species of barley known by the common name meadow barley. It is native to western North America from Alaska to northern Mexico, far eastern Russia, and parts of eastern North America. It can be found in other parts of the world as an introduced species. This is a tufting perennial grass approaching a meter in maximum height. It produces compact, narrow flower clusters 8 to 10 centimeters long and purplish in color. Like other barleys the spikelets come in triplets. It has two small, often sterile lateral spikelets on pedicels and a larger, fertile central spikelet lacking a pedicel.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Grass

Size
Size
2 - 3.3 ft tall

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, Purple

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Summer

Wildlife Supported
 
Many beneficial insects

 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Low, Moderate - High

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 2x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to -15° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerant of a variety of garden soils as long as sufficient moisture is available. Tolerates Saline Soil. Soil PH: 5 - 8.1

Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Depending on water availability, pair with other perennial grasses such as Panicled Bulrush (Scirpus microcarpus) and oaks (Quercus spp.)

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Meadows, pastures, streambanks

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 5.4" - 151.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 5.67", Coldest Month: 19.9" - 57.1", Hottest Month: 40.8" - 80.9", Humidity: 0.01" - 28.13", Elevation: -51" - 12226"


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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