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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    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care
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: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

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].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

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].

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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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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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Hordeum zeocritonSprat Barley20

 

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