Squirreltail Grass (Hordeum jubatum)

Whoever it was who said that “all grasses look alike” had clearly never seen Squirreltail Grass.

Squirreltail Grass ( Hordeum jubatum )

Botanist consider it to be a beautiful plant.

Squirreltail Grass ( Hordeum jubatum )

Ranchers, however, consider it a noxious weed because the bristles can pierce animal tongues and cause serious injury.

Squirrel-tail Grass ( Hordeum jubatum )

Squirreltail Grass grows low to the ground: 30 – 75 cm in height.

Squirreltail Grass ( Hordeum jubatum )

It grows generally in roadsides, railroads and disturbed ground.

Squirreltail Grass (Hordeum jubatum)

It originated in western North America and was first seen in Ontario in the 1870’s.

Squirreltail Grass (Hordeum jubatum)

The few leaves on the stalk curl downward almost immediately.

Squirreltail Grass (Hordeum jubatum)
Squirreltail Grass (Hordeum jubatum)

“Hordeum” is the ancient Latin name for barley.

Squirreltail (Hordeum jubatum)

“Jubatum” means “with long awns”.

Squirreltail (Hordeum jubatum)

Miles Hearn

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