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Hordeum jubatum - L.

Common Name Foxtail Barley, Intermediate barley
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards The barbed awns around the seeds can work their way into the gums and digestive tract of animals when the seed is eaten, causing irritation and inflammation[212]. They can also work their way into the ears and eyes, sometimes causing blindness and even death[212].
Habitats Grassy bushy places below 2500 metres in California.
Range Most areas of N. America to Siberia. An occasional casual in Britain.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Hordeum jubatum Foxtail Barley, Intermediate barley


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Hordeum jubatum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower in June. 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 and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed.
Edible Uses: Coffee.

Seed - raw or cooked[2, 105, 161, 257]. The seed can be ground into a flour and used as a cereal in making bread, porridge etc[177, 183]. Native North Americans would eat the dry flour raw[257]. The seed is exceedingly small and fiddly to use[K]. The roasted seed is used as a coffee substitute[183].

Medicinal Uses

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The dry root can be wrapped, then moistened and used as a compress for styes in the eyes or on swollen eyelids[257].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a rather dry soil[1] and a sunny position[200]. Succeeds in most soils and in climates ranging from sub-arctic to sub-tropical[171]. Easily grown in light soils[162]. Established plants are drought resistant[190]. A very short-lived plant, it is often only an annual[162], though it often self sows a little[190].

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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. Division in spring. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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   Tue Jun 3 2008

what does fiddly mean

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