Squirrel Tail Barley

Hordeum jubatum

Photo of Squirrel Tail Barley
Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Also known as foxtail barley. The awns on this annual grass have downward pointing barbs which lacerate the skin. It is troublesome to animals in that the awns stick in the mouth and cause infection.

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