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Hordeum bulbosum - L.

Common Name Bulbous Barley
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry grassland[50].
Range S. Europe - Mediterranean.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Hordeum bulbosum Bulbous Barley


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Hordeum bulbosum Bulbous Barley

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Hordeum bulbosum is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft). It is in flower from June to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root  Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - cooked[105, 177, 183]. The seed can be ground into a flour and used as a cereal in making bread, porridge etc. Root - chewed or occasionally eaten[105, 177, 183].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Biomass  Fibre  Mulch  Paper

The stems, after the seed has been harvested, have many uses. They are a source of fibres for making paper, a biomass for fuel etc, they can be shredded and used as a mulch[141, 171].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in most soils[171]. Easily grown in light soils[162]. This plant is currently (1992) being tested for its potential as a perennial grain in N. America[183].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow in situ in March or October and only just cover the seed. Make sure the soil surface does not dry out if the weather is dry. Germination takes place within 2 weeks.

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Hordeum deficiens Annual0.0 -  LMHNM302
Hordeum distichonTwo-Rowed BarleyAnnual1.2 4-8  LMHNM432
Hordeum hexastichonSix-Row Barley, Common barleyAnnual1.2 0-0  LMHNM302
Hordeum intermedium Annual1.0 -  LMHNM202
Hordeum jubatumFoxtail Barley, Intermediate barleyPerennial0.3 4-8  LMHNDM110
Hordeum murinumMouse Barley, Smooth barley, Hare barley, Wall barleyAnnual0.5 0-0  LMHNDM21 
Hordeum trifurcatumEgyptian BarleyAnnual1.0 -  LMHNDM202
Hordeum vulgareBarley, Common barleyAnnual1.0 4-8  LMHNM432
Hordeum zeocritonSprat BarleyAnnual1.0 -  LMHNM202

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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