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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

Origin:

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.

Biology:

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.

Identification:

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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