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Foxtail barley

By: Garden Gate staff
Growing up to 3 ft. tall, this upright grass has wispy seedheads that look iridescent in the sunshine.

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Foxtail barley Hordeum jubatum

IDENTIFICATION — Growing up to 3 ft. tall, this upright grassy weed has wispy seedheads that look iridescent in the sunshine. Foxtail barley spreads by seeds and roots. Each seed has wiry bristles with tiny barbs that grip onto clothing or fur to help it travel to new locations.

FAVORITE CONDITIONS — Foxtail barley can grow almost anywhere with full sun and well-drained soil.

CONTROL — Dig this perennial from the soil or apply a non-selective herbicide in the spring as the flower heads begin to show.

Published: April 13, 2010
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