Pest: Hare Barley (Hordeum murinum ssp. leporinum), Wild Barley
Pest Type: Weed, grass
Major Identifying Features: Seedlings have hairy leaf blades like wild oat, but empty seed coats fall off, has well developed auricles that are long, narrow and clasp the stem, can reach 3+ feet, grow erect to spreading, leaves are flat, rolled in the bud, are covered with short hairs, blooming season is from April through June, flower head is a dense spike that is 1-3 inches long
Life Cycle: Winter annual
Pest Rating: Moderate
Host/Season/Outbreak Information: Winter annual grass, can be found in California up to 3300 feet on agricultural land, disturbed sites, and unmanaged natural areas
Management Options: Mulching, hoeing, hand-weeding, spot application with herbicide
Dreistadt, Steve H., and Jack Kelly. Clark. <i>Pests of Landscape Trees and Shrubs: An Integrated Pest Management Guide</i>. Oakland, CA: U of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1994. Print.