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Common Name: Mouse Barley
Hordeum murinum is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Europe to N. Africa.
Disturbed ground and dry grassland[
Succeeds in most soils and in climates ranging from sub-arctic to sub-tropical[
]. Easily grown in light soils[
Seed - cooked. Used as a piñole[
]. Only used when easier and better foods were not available[
]. The seed can be ground into a flour and used as a cereal in making bread, porridge etc.
A decoction of the plant has been used in the treatment of bladder ailments[
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.