Squirrel tail grass

Hordeum jubatum

Squirrel tail grass - Hordeum jubatum

Common Name: Squirrel tail grass
Genus: Hordeum
Species: jubatum

Category: Grasses & Bamboos
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.50 m (50 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Green, Purple, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June & July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained




    A beautiful annual or short lived perennial grass that produces long-bristled, pale green seedheads that are flushed with red or purple and fade to light tan as they age. These feathery flower spikes are useful for cutting and drying if picked early. They usually produce loads of seed so will come back year after year if they are in a good spot. It is great in seaside plantings as it is quite tolerant of salt but avoid planting near livestock as the barbed awns around the seeds can cause problems if eaten.

  • Garden care: Tolerates a wide range of conditions as long as it is in sun. It is usually one of the first plants to colonise empty ground - especially near the coast. Allow the flowerheads to develop fully if you want to collect the seed in autumn.