River Oats- 25 Plants

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River Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) 

River Oats: Chasmanthium latifolium, or river oats, are a North American native, perennial grass species that will perform best in partial sunshine in the warmer USDA plant hardiness zones.

 In particular, they flourish in the warm, humid climate of the southeastern United States. This species is forgiving and resilient: deer-resistant; drought-tolerant; disease-resistant; pest-resistant; and unconcerned about soil type or quality. They love wet but well-drained soil that will let the roots dry out once in a while. 

They grow naturally in flood plains, bottomlands, river valleys, on the banks of swamps, marshes, and ponds, and along streams and creeks.

Replicating these growing conditions in landscape planning, gardeners find river oats useful in these locations: 

  • In the filtered sunlight near a pond, water garden, or other water feature
  • To prevent erosion in a slow-draining natural area
  • Near a creek or stream on a property 

River Oats Provide Casual Good Looks in Your Garden 

Chasmanthium latifolium has a noteworthy feature that gives it a distinct appearance--droopy seed heads that appear to "nod off" as if it is ready for a nap. They sway along on their green and smooth stems, even with the slightest breeze. 

This native grass is clumping, erect, and easy to grow--each clump becomes up to two feet wide. It will reach a mature height of up to five feet. 

The leaves are long and narrow--almost nine inches long and an inch wide. They put on an ever-changing display of color throughout the year. In the spring, they emerge bright green; they'll turn golden tan in the summer; fall brings a burgundy, copper, or purple hue; in winter, river oats leaves turn copper or brown. 

Order Your River Oats From TN Nursery Today 

TN Nursery suggests river oats for customers in a warm growing zone with high-moisture soil. Please entrust us with your order today.

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