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Walkable Nature | Foxtail Barley

A perennial grass who isn't picky

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This little furry plant has many names including foxtail barley, bobtail barley, squirreltail barley and intermediate barley. Take your pick.

The scientific name for it is: Hordeum jubatum.

(Say that five times fast)

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It's part of the grass family with the ability to crop up all over the place, growing from 30-100 centimetres tall.

It's not picky about where to grow.

The little plant can flourish in all kinds of soil and moisture levels.

Plus the perennial plant is prolific at producing seeds. Each plant can make up to 200 seeds.

A tenacious little creature.

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