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Pest Information

Little Barley

Little Barley

  • Latin Name: Hordeum Pussillum
  • Common Name: Little Barley
  • Other Names: N/A

Pest Details

Little Barley


Native to western North America and found as far south as Argentina and throughout most of the U.S. except the northernmost and northeastern states.


A winter annual grass, strongly resembling a miniature Hare Barley. Plants tend to form individual clumps rather than the thick stands of Hare Barley, but are highly tolerant of dry, compacted soils.


Mature plants stay short, with flower spikes usually no more than 3 inches long and plants no more than 12 inches high. Stems and leaves grow laterally out from the base and curve upward, giving the plant a spreading habit. Numerous flower spikes occur on each plant, with long awns on each flower.

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