Maned barley in summary :
Latin name : Hordeum jubatum
Common name : Maned barley
Family : Poaceae
Type : Grass
Harbor : Arched tuft
Height : 30 cm (up to 80 cm in bloom)
Planting density: 6 to 8 feet / m²
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Any type, but well drained
Flowering : July August
Hordeum jubatum is a annual grass blooming thesummer. Its salmon-pink spikelets with long silky beards are a delight to the eyes. Themaned barley owes its name to its original flowers which make it look like cereal.
Maned barley thrives in all types of soil as long as they are good drained.
- Its original natural habitat allows it to grow even in saline coastal regions.
On the other hand, it must be planted in full Sun to fully develop. There is no specific preparation to plan before planting it.
- In spring, dig a hole about ten centimeters deep and insert the foot of the grass.
- Then all that's left is fill the hole in packing the roots well enough so that the wind does not loosen the plant.
Maned barley maintenance
As annual plant, this grass does not ask almost no maintenance. You can cut back the stubble in early spring and let the new shoots appear.
Multiplication ofHordeum jubatum:
Like many annual plants, maned barley reseeds spontaneously and generously on site.
However, if you want the multiply in order to plant it in another place in your garden, you can realize your own seedlings. To do this, you must:
- recover the seeds when they have reached maturity;
- the sow late February, early March in pots in a soil / sand mixture;
- place these under a cold frame (small glazed shelter which will protect your culture from late frosts);
- transplant your young plants when they are out of the ground.
Diseases and pests:
Resistant, maned barley has little fear of disease and does not attract pests.
Employment and association
To fully enjoy the charms offered by the delicate flowers of maned barley, it is best to group planting, in the foreground of a massive.
- You can then attend the magnificent spectacle of spikelets dancing in the wind.
To accompany Hordeum jubatum, you can choose other grasses as the Pennisetum, the Lagurus ovatus (hare-tail) or brize (Briza media). Side perennials, go for theAchillea tomentosa (yarrow), lavender or even theEryngium alpinum (Alpine thistle) whose flowers will marry perfectly with those of barley with mane.
Smart tip : For a rustic effect, mix the seeds of barley with mane with other seeds of annuals (poppies, blueberries, etc.). You will then obtain a magnificent flowery meadow.
Credit: IgorLitvinzev, Tatiana Alex