Meadow Barley - Hordeum secalinum


Slender erect plant 30 to 60 cm high with narrow (to 5 mm) flat roughish leaves. The flower spikes are slender 2.5 to 5 cm long sometimes flushed purple. The glumes are bristle like and rough, but shorter than in Wall Barley.


In old meadows.

When to see it

Flowering June and July.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly frequent in central and southern Britain (south of the Humber) scarcer in the north and west of Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in those areas of Leicestershire and Rutland with heavier, clay soils. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 348 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map