Hordeum vulgare ‘Purple Karma’ (Barley) [25 Seeds]


Germination Information: Direct-sow the seeds about 1/4 inch deep in early spring. A mid- to late fall sowing may work in warmer climates.  I’ve had good luck here in my Pennsylvania garden by direct-sowing (around 1/4″ deep) in spring. Last year, I sowed on March 14, with germination starting on March 19 and harvest in mid July; a second test sowing on April 17 started sprouting on April 25, with harvest in late July. The timing will vary for you depending on your climate and weather.

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Barley (Hordeum vulgare) is something you’d usually grow to eat, and ‘Purple Karma’ is quite good for that, with hulless (and therefore easy-to-clean) seeds and a nutty flavor. I enjoy this long-awned Tibetan strain as an ornamental too, with its distinct purple coloration on the developing heads—so pretty in arrangements. The grain itself is a dark purplish brown. Total height is about 2 feet. Full sun. Annual.

Collected in mid to late July 2022. At least 25 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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