"Black" or dark-purple, 2-row barley comes free very easily, making threshing almost unnecessary. Our Montana grower reports compact plants, with seed heads to about 2-feet tall. Bearded black seed heads have some potential for use in arrangements and wreaths. Possibly descended from Tibetan strains; barley is a traditional staple in Tibet, most of which is cold and arid. Our grower sows in very early spring, well before last frost date; in much of the country, fall-planting may be preferable.