California Barley - Stover Seed since 1922


A large field of California Barley (Hordeum californicum prostrate)

California Barley

Hordeum brachyantherum ssp. californicum
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Common Names:  California Barley, California Meadow Barley

Botanical Name:   Hordeum brachyantherum ssp. californicum

Description:  California Barley is an erect, cool season bunchgrass.  Useful for reclamation, erosion control and dryland pastures.  Also useful as a cover crop for orchards and vineyards. Tolerates alkaline and infertile soils.

Seeds per pound: 140,000
Seeding rate per pound: 1,000 sq. ft.
%Purity/% Germination (Typical) 90/70
Growing Regions: California and Western U.S. below 8500 ft.
Native To: California
Life Cycle: Perennial
Characteristics: Bunchgrass
Season Type: Cool Season
Exposure: Sun
Height: 12-18 inches
Establishment: Fast
Water Requirements: Low
Wildlife: Forage

Cultural Information:

For non-irrigated sites, plant in the fall.

₁ Seeding rate is based on seeding alone.  When seeding with other species the rates should be reduced.  Contact us for recommendations.

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