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Common Name: Six-Row Barley
Hordeum hexastichon is an annual 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.
Of uncertain origin.
Not known in a truly wild situation.
Succeeds in most soils and in climates ranging from sub-arctic to sub-tropical[
]. Easily grown in light soils[
This species is considered by most botanists to be no more than a part of H. vulgare[
Seed - cooked. The seed can be ground into a flour and used as a cereal in making bread, porridge etc[
Malt is obtained by sprouting and roasting the seed. This is a sweet substance and is used in making beer and as a food[
The roasted (unsprouted) seed is used as a coffee and a salt substitute[
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.