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Squirreltail Grass

Hordeum jubatum


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.


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


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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Alaska, USA

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

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