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Danthonia unispicata

Danthonia unispicata (Thurb.) Munro ex Macoun

Few-flower Wild Oat Grass, Onespike Danthonia, Onespike Oatgrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

A low, 4-8 in. grass, spreading in dense tufts of fuzzy, dull-green leaves. The flowering culms usually bear only one small spikelet.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul


USA: CA , CO , ID , MT , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , SK
Native Distribution: B.C. to s.e. Alt., s. to CA, UT & CO
Native Habitat: Dry, rocky slopes & meadows

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Additional resources

USDA: Find Danthonia unispicata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Danthonia unispicata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Danthonia unispicata


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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