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Danthonia californica Boland.
California oatgrass, California wild oat grass
USDA Symbol: daca3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
California wild oat grass is a low, perennial bunchgrass, to 1 1/2 ft. tall, with dense tufts of fuzzy, dull-green leaves and half-decumbent flowering culms with nodding spikelets. This grass is not particularly conspicuous even in flower.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
AZ , CA , CO , ID , MA , MT , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Black Hills to MT & B.C., s. to CO, AZ & CA Native Habitat:
Meadows, open woods & dry hills below 5000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Moist soils.
Conditions Comments: A good, basic grass for the lowland meadow or rock garden. It withstands traffic and trampling.
PropagationDescription: Sow seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff