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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Hordeum jubatum L.
Poaceae (Grass Family)
USDA Symbol: HOJU
Small and shiny. When in flower, the nodding clusters are purple to pale green, with many long, straight bristles; after flowering, the bristles frizz up, and the flower heads dry to a bleached tan and disintegrate easily.
In parts of the West, this grass is exceedingly common, carpeting roadsides and waste areas. In the presettlement prairies, it was probably one of the colonizers of temporarily bare soil. Beautiful as it is, this grass is unpopular with ranchers because the bristles pierce the mouths of the livestock that graze it.
Bloom InformationBloom Color:
White , Green , Purple Bloom Time:
May , Jun , Jul Bloom Notes:
appears whitish-green to light purple.
, WY Canada: BC
, PE Native Distribution:
Throughout the United States, except for the Southeast. Native Habitat:
Waste places, roadsides, meadows, bare soil.
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Sibley Nature Center
- Midland, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0333
Collected May 22, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
Record Last Modified: 2011-08-16
Research By: TWC Staff