Hordeum Jubatum, is a wonderfully showy grass species native to North America, but now naturalised in many other parts of the world, including the UK. These attractive, ornamental plants have arching clumps of green leaves, topped in early Summer with ornamental feathery flower spikes flushed with pale pink or purple, fading to light tan as they mature. These distinctive tufted flowers resemble foxtails gently waving in the breeze – hence their common name.
Hordeum Jubatum (Foxtail Barley) grasses are best planted in a sunny location in the garden. They look spectacular planted in swathes in a border, in a gravel or Mediterranean style garden with Sedum and Cirsium perhaps, adding gentle elegance to your planting schemes. Plant with other ornamental grasses or create a prairie effect by planting with Achillea, Echinacea or Helenium for a fluidly mobile display.
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For best results with Hordeum Jubatum plant them in full sun and well-drained soil, though it will tolerate most soil conditions once established. Perfect for Coastal gardens as it is very happy in saline conditions. Simply comb out tatty leaves or flowers to keep it tidy and cut back hard in spring to encourage new growth. Divide congested plants in Spring. Hordeum Jubatum will self-seed.
As a rough guide when planting Hordeum Jubatum grasses – 4 plants per square metre is adequate with a little patience, 6 will give better coverage, and 9-12 will make a weed supressing carpet very quickly.
How to grow Hordeum Jubatum
Position: Full sun Foliage: Annual/Perennial Soil and site: Best in moist, fertile, well drained soil Flowering time: Summer to Autumn Growth rate: Moderate/fast Ultimate height and spread: Height to 60cm, spread to approximately 50cm Hardiness: Hardy once established Aftercare: Cut back and comb out the last years dead leaves in early Spring. Divide overcrowded plants in Spring every few years.