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Danthonia californica Bol.
California oatgrass, California wild oat grass
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Danthonia americana, Danthonia californica var. americana, Danthonia californica var. californica, Danthonia californica var. palousensis, Danthonia californica var. piperi
USDA Symbol: daca3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
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
, 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.
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
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
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
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff