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Squirreltail Grass

Hordeum jubatum

Description:

Locally known as squirreltail grass, this plant may be better known as foxtail barley. A distinctive, showy annual grass. 10-16" tall, large rose to purple flowering spikes. Blooms during July and August.

Habitat:

Sandy or gravelly soil throughout most of Alaska (such as roadsides, as pictured here), except coastal areas.

Notes:

Exercise caution around this grass when you are with your pets--the spiked seeds can become lodged in pets' throats which requires medical attention to remove.

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KathyInAlaska
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KathyInAlaska

Alaska, USA

Spotted on Aug 28, 2012
Submitted on Aug 29, 2012

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