Scientific NameHordeum jubatum
This grass can be an annual or perennial depending on environment. It grows in an ascending fashion up to 31.5 inches. This plant is very coarse on both the plant and the seedhead, which can cause animal injury. The seedlings are typically skinny and tall.
The leaf can be hairy on both the top or bottom, and is sandpaper-like. They can be 1 to 9 in long and 2 to 5 mm in width. They have a bluish green color as well.
It is recognized due to its foxtail-like seedhead. These seedheads can cause injury to animals that are grazing or moving through patches of this grass. The leaves and sheaths are hairy and it has a medium size membranous ligule.
Flower Seed Head
It is a foxtail-like spike that have awns (long hair like structures) that can cause serious discomfort to grazing animals. The seedhead can be 2 to 8 in long with awns that range from 1 1/2 to 3 in long.
The seed is 5 to 8 mm long with a long awn 1 1/2 to 3 cm in length
Can be found in most of the United States including Alaska, and also in Canada. This includes in different field and pasture settings, and also on roadsides and waste areas
Leaf Hair on Upper Surface
hairs from base to tip
rolled in bud
Mature Leaf Width
less than 5 mm
less than 1 mm,