Herb: Six-Row Barley

Latin name: Hordeum hexastichon

Synonyms: Hordeum vulgare hexastichon

Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)

Edible parts of Six-Row Barley:

Seed - cooked. The seed can be ground into a flour and used as a cereal in making bread, porridge etc. Malt is obtained by sprouting and roasting the seed. This is a sweet substance and is used in making beer and as a food. The roasted (unsprouted) seed is used as a coffee and a salt substitute.

Description of the plant:


120 cm
(4 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

Not known in a truly wild situation.

Other uses of Six-Row Barley:

The stems, after the seed has been harvested, have many uses. They are a source of fibres for making paper, a biomass for fuel etc, they can be shredded and used as a mulch.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow in situ in March or October 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.

Cultivation of Six-Row Barley:

Not known in a truly wild situation.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Hordeum hexastichon:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.