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Barley – Meadow


Meadow Barley is a rapidly developing, highly tolerant, perennial that grows throughout much of North America.  It can abide soil with higher saline concentration and is often found in salt marshes, along coastal beaches, stream banks, meadows and grassy slopes.  It will germinate and grow in full sun at elevations ranging from sea level to subalpine.  At best it is rated as a moderate forage grass and is typically only used where it is found in profusion.  Meadow Barley is best for livestock, if it is grazed early in its growing cycle, because when it reaches maturity, it is not highly palatable.  It is frequently used as fast-establishing ground cover to stabilize barren landscapes that are threatened with erosion issues.  Seed mixtures used for ecosystem rehabilitation often include Meadow Barely and planting it sparingly will allow for the establishment of other species of grass in the same area.  The soil that Meadow Barley is planted in can be either coarse or fine.  The extent to which Meadow Barley is processed will affect the size of the final cleaned seed and thus affect the number of seeds contained in each pound.

Here is a pdf link to the USDA Native Plant Database data sheet on Meadow Barley: MEADOW BARLEY (usda.gov)

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The broadcast rate for seeding is 50 – 62.5 pounds per acre.

The seed drill rate for seeding in rows is 25 pounds per acre.


Purchasing Options PriceQuantity
Small Packet $2.50

Covers approximately 5 square feet.

10 Gram $3.00

Covers approximately 35 square feet.

1/4 Pound $12.00

Covers approximately 435 square feet.

1 Pound $33.00

Covers approximately 1,740 square feet.

Scientific Name

Hordeum brachyantherum

Product Type

Forage/Pasture Grass, Native Grass






NW Native species, North American Native species



Planting Season

Spring, Fall

Bloom Season


Seeds Per Pound


Seeding Rate (lb./acre)


Light Requirement

Full Sun

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