Foxtail barley

Hordeum jubatum

Range: Frequent in S BC, infrequent northward; circumpolar, N to AK, YT, and NT, E to NF and S to SC, TN, AR, TX, NM, AZ, MX and CA; Eurasia, S America

Description:  Perennial, tufted grass from fibrous roots, smooth to densely soft-hairy; stems 20-50 (60) cm tall.  Leaf sheaths open; blades 2-4 (5) mm wide, sparsely hairy just above the ligulesInflorescence a nodding spike, 2-6 cm long with purplish-red awns.

Ecology:  Saltmarshes, ocean beaches, moist meadows and clearings, roadsides, grassy slopes, along streams.

Notes: This species can hydridize with H. brachyantherum.


  • Eflora
  • Pojar, J. and A. MacKinnon.  1994.  Plants of coastal British Columbia: including Washington, Oregon & Alaska. Lone Pine Publishing. Vancouver. 528 p.

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