Hordeum jubatum (foxtail barley)

Hordeum jubatum

Foxtail barley

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Hordeum jubatum
  • Common name: Foxtail barley
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Plant Type: Annual, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Pink

Foliage colour:

Golden

Green

Hordeum jubatum, or foxtail barley, is a hardy grass species native to North America, but now naturalised in many other parts of of the globe, including the UK. It’s usually grown as an annual or short-lived perennial.

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It looks especially impactful when planted as a large swathe where the pale pink flowers will undulate congruously in the wind. It’s easy to grow from seed and will also self-seed readily. Good for coastal gardens as it can tolerate saline conditions.

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For best results grow Hordeum jubatum in full sun and well-drained soil. Use your fingers to comb out tatty leaves or flowers, and cut back hard in spring.

How to grow Hordeum jubatum

  • Plant size

    60cm height

    50cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do Sow in May

Do Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do Sow in September

Do Sow in October

Do Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Collect seeds
Collect seeds

Do not Collect seeds in January

Do not Collect seeds in February

Do not Collect seeds in March

Do not Collect seeds in April

Do not Collect seeds in May

Do not Collect seeds in June

Do not Collect seeds in July

Do not Collect seeds in August

Do Collect seeds in September

Do Collect seeds in October

Do not Collect seeds in November

Do not Collect seeds in December

Hordeum jubatum and wildlife

Hordeum jubatum has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Hordeum jubatum poisonous?

Hordeum jubatum has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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