Wall Barley - Hordeum murinum


    20 to 60 cm tall. Leaves light green, flat and hairy with inflated sheaths. Bristly flower spikes may reach up to 10 cm in length, though often shorter.

    Similar Species

    Meadow Barley (Hordeum secalinum) and other Hordeum, including some rarely recorded alien species. 

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Annual (unlike Meadow Barley, which is perennial and has tillers at flowering).  May be present in bare-ish patches in older grasslands, as well as waste places, roadsides, around lamp-posts and bins, etc.


    Roadsides and waste ground.

    When to see it

    June to July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly common in the southern half of Britain at least.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 367 of the 617 tetrads.

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