Is this a grass or a weed

Asked June 20, 2020, 5:55 PM EDT

This plant has very attractive tassels, but is it an ornamental grass or a weed? It is growing in with a flower. If it is generally considered a weed, is there a way to have it grow in small clumps like this without spreading, such as by removing the tassels at some point?

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

I believe it is foxtail barley:

It is a weed or not a weed at your pleasure. Since the seed head is the attractive aspect of the plant, you probably don't want to control it by removing the seed head.

Some use it as an annual, but be careful since it reseeds easily and can spread.