Commonly grows in fields dominated by alien grasses and weeds (Bromus diandrus, Agrostis sp. Erodium sp. Hordeum jubatum, etc) grazed, no trees in evidence, north slope, soil clay/serpentine, many outcroppings of solid serpentine rock, with Calystegia subacaulis ssp. episcopalis, Calochortus argillaceous, Sisyrinchium bellum, Bloomeria crocea, serpentine tolerant obviously, found in heavier soils or wetter areas, such as meadows, or stream edges, not invasive, attractive perennial in clumps with its associated plants, could be used in a meadow garden in serpentine areas as there would be less competition from alien plants.. The grass is just too noncompetitive to grow where weeds exist.
Hordeum brachyantherum var. californicum tolerates clay and serpentine.
Foliage of Hordeum brachyantherum var. californicum is stressdeciduous.
Flower of Hordeum brachyantherum var. californicum has color na.
Communities for Hordeum brachyantherum var. californicum:Coastal Sage Scrub, Valley Grassland, Mountain Meadow and Central Oak Woodland.