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Plant Name:

Meadow Barley

Scientific Name:

Hordeum brachyantherum


Meadow Barley is a cool-season grass with slender, arching stems and spike-like seedheads. It forms dense clumps and provides valuable forage for wildlife.


Meadows, prairies, open grassy areas


Meadow Barley provides habitat and food for various bird species and small mammals. It is also an important component of prairie and grassland ecosystems.

Growing Conditions:

Meadow Barley thrives in full sun and well-drained soils.


Meadow Barley is used in prairie restorations, erosion control, and as forage for livestock. It can also be grown as an ornamental grass.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):


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Fun Facts:

Meadow Barley is native to North America and is an indicator of healthy grassland habitats.

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