Two-rowed Barley - Hordeum distichon


Grows to 1.2 metres tall, and has similar spikelets to other barleys but with immensely long awns (about 10 cm).

Photo ID?

On fairly light soils and disturbed ground. It is not tolerant of heavy shade.

When to see it

It is in flower from June to July/August.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread but rather scattered records from around Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map