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Common Name: Bulbous Barley
Hordeum bulbosum is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.20 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
S. Europe - Mediterranean.
Succeeds in most soils[
]. Easily grown in light soils[
This plant is currently (1992) being tested for its potential as a perennial grain in N. America[
Seed - cooked[
]. The seed can be ground into a flour and used as a cereal in making bread, porridge etc.
Root - chewed or occasionally eaten[
The stems, after the seed has been harvested, have many uses. They are a source of fibres for making paper, a biomass for fuel etc, they can be shredded and used as a mulch[
Seed - sow in situ in early spring or early autumn and only just cover the seed. Make sure the soil surface does not dry out if the weather is dry. Germination takes place within 2 weeks.