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Danthonia spicata (L.) Beauv. ex Roemer & J.A. Schultes
Poverty oatgrass, Poverty wild oat grass
USDA Symbol: DASP2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Poverty wild oat grass is a perennial bunchgrass with wiry clumps of naked stems and tufts of curly, basal leaves. The inflorescence is small and delicate at the top of the 4 in. to 2 ft. stems.
Clump-forming cool-season grass often bluish-green. Does not persist in fertile soil. (Ontario Native Plants 2002)
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
AK , AL , AR , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY Canada: AB
, YT Native Distribution:
Que. to MN, B.C. & s. AK, s. to n. FL, LA, TX & mts. to NM & OR Native Habitat:
Open areas; thin woodlands USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry/sterile to damp/peaty soils.
Conditions Comments: Var. pinetorum replaces the typical variety from the Rockies westward.
Larval Host: Indian Skipper
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
PropagationDescription: Sow seed or divide.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Acid scarification has been shown to increase germination.
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:
North American Native Plant Society
- Etobicoke, ON
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff