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Danthonia spicata (L.) P. Beauv. ex Roem. & Schult.
Poverty oatgrass, Poverty wild oat grass
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Danthonia spicata var. longipila, Danthonia spicata var. pinetorum, Danthonia thermalis
USDA Symbol: dasp2
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
, 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
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
PropagationDescription: Sow seed or divide.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Acid scarification has been shown to increase germination.
Commercially Avail: yes
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
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
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff