Foxtail Barley (Hordeum jubatum) - If you like the native ornamental grasses, consider growing grass seeds from Foxtail Barley. It is also usually called Squirrel Tail Grass, and it prefers dry conditions with full sun and moistness. Hordeum jubatum Foxtail Barley grows along the edges of marshes, poorly drained fields, pastures, and gravel areas along roads and railroads in the wild.
It even tolerates salt, but the taller vegetation can not perform well. Because of its highly attractive flower heads, Hordeum jubatum has gained popularity as an ornamental grass.
How To Grow Foxtail Barley Seeds:
When the danger of frost has passed, the ornamental grass seeds can be started directly outdoors in spring. Prepare a seedbed free of weeds. Foxtail Barley is well known for easy self-sowing, but it is shallow-rooted and makes it easy to pull and remove unwanted seedlings.
- Season: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 4 - 10
- Height: 20 inches
- Foliage Color: Green
- Flower Color: White to pink
- Soil Requirement: Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions
- Environment: Full sun to partial shade