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Common Name: Sprat Barley
Hordeum zeocriton is an annual plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Europe to C. Asia.
Succeeds in most soils and in climates ranging from sub-arctic to sub-tropical[
]. Easily grown in light soils[
A form of H. distichon with divaricate awns and short pyramidal spikes, it is occasionally cultivated in Scotland[
Seed - cooked[
]. The seed can be ground into a flour and used as a cereal in making bread, porridge etc.
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.