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River Oats

River Oats

River Oats

River Oats was a startup that failed in a big way. Here's a look at what went wrong and what went right.Also called Uniola latifolia or Northern Sea Oats, River Oats is a very ornamental grass that is easily identifiable from its drooping inflorescences and compressed spikelets. It is commonly used as a low-maintenance shade grass or used to prevent soil erosion. It readily self-seeds and can become a dense mat in a short amount of time. If River Oats become too aggressive, they are easily transplanted or removed. River Oats thrive in moist sand, loam, and clay.

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True oats (Avena fatua), the species used for oatmeal and so on, is not closely related to river oats. The famous grain crop, native to Europe and Asia, was introduced to our continent long ago. When it grows wild in Missouri, it is widely scattered statewide, mostly on roadsides and other disturbed habitats. Its spikelets are only slightly flattened, and it has awns (fairly stiff, hairlike fibers), often twisted or bent, extending out of the spikelet tips.The many common names for this plant reflect its wide range in eastern North America and the many perspectives people have on it. People who live near coasts tend to be familiar with a plant called sea oats (Uniola paniculata), which is similar but quite a bit taller and occurs in sandy coastal habitats — so their name for river oats is “inland sea oats,” to distinguish it from the species that occurs by the sea. But here in Missouri — a land of many rivers, but no sea coasts, so no sea oats — the name “river oats” makes more sense.

Known as River Oats or Northern Sea Oats, this US native produces a multitude of beautiful pale green seed heads in midsummer that are reminiscent of the sea oats found at the beach. Panicles drop under their weight and look absolutely beautiful when backlit by the sun. Chasmanthium latifolium is a tall ground cover that grows in just about any situation: sun, shade, moist or dry. This ornamental native grass is a great landscape solution for areas of dry shade. When planting, keep in mind that River Oats will reseed, so place it in appropriate locations. When planted in sun, this plant may grow taller than four feet.River Oats is a 2' to 4' tall native perennial cool season grass. This is a beautiful native ornamental grass with flat clusters of drooping seed heads hanging from arching stems. It prefers moist fertile soils but is very tolerant of poor or sandy soils and is extremely tolerant of partial shade. This is a great garden plant for borders, shaded garden sites, native plant gardens and areas along streams and water features. River Oats is a good wildlife food and habitat plant for stream banks and floodplain wooded areas. (Source: roundstoneseed.com)

 

 

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