Hordeum brachyantherum

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Species Name: Hordeum brachyantherum
Common Name: California Barley

Beautiful tufted grass that grows best in summer with some additional water.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass
Height by Width: 2'h
Growth Habit: Tufted
Deciduous/Evergreen: Under stress
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Preference: Sand to clay
Water Requirements: Semi-moist
Cold Hardy to: to 15
Flower Season: Late spring, early summer
Flower Color:
Distribution: California (except deserts)
Natural Habitat: Meadows, pastures, streambanks. Elevation less than 10,000 feet.

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Other Names
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.