River Oats - 25 Plants $99.98

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River Oats 

River Oats - Chasmanthium latifolium - is a plant easily distinguishable by its characteristic hanging seed heads, which appear in late summer and dangle on gently arching stems, fluttering when hit by the gentlest winds.

It is a clump-forming, upright grass of the Poaceae (grass) family native to Carolina and Georgia. This ornamental grass, which is very simple to cultivate, grows to a height of 2 to 5 feet and a breadth of 1 to 2 feet.

This natural cool-season perennial grass is prevalent in bottomlands, river valleys, and other damp areas. It spreads through thick rhizomes and develops loose clusters of plants. Its open, drooping, flat flowers and seed bundles distinguish this species from others.

Its leaf blades are about 4 to 10 inches in length and 1/2 to 3/4 inches in width, depending on the species. Its long-stalked spikelets are typically ¾–1½ inches long, seem relatively flat when mature, and contain 6–20 florets per spikelet. Flower heads appear between July and October. 

River Oats are a valuable source of fodder and hay for grazing animals

It has grown widespread as a shade-tolerant decorative plant in gardens and may spread prolifically via seed. The elegantly curving, fluttery dry seed heads are also helpful in dry floral arrangements. After becoming coppery in autumn and brownish in winter, the fresh leaves remain a brilliant green all year.

When the seed heads reach maturity, they transform from green to golden or brown. River oats are a valuable source of fodder and hay for grazing animals, although they can quickly deplete when overgrazed.

You may process the seeds, consume them as a cereal crop, or grind them into flour. In addition to serving as a juvenile host plant for butterflies, this plant also provides a food supply for small animals and birds. In addition to having attractive seed heads that look like oats, this plant has a strong preference for river and stream banks, which may help stabilize the banks.

These plants are prevalent in bottomland woods, moist highland forest areas in ravines and valleys, shores of rivers and streams, and at the foot of cliffs. Despite the slightest wind, they maintain their gracefulness. If the bamboo-like leaves are exposed to enough sunlight in the autumn, they will typically turn yellow-gold.

You may use this grass in natural settings, alongside streams, and at the margins of water gardens. Keep an eye on where you put it, particularly in smaller gardens, since it has the potential to thrive via rhizomes and seeds. Their seed heads look great in bouquets, whether fresh or dry.

Grow it in partial sun to partial shade, with well-drained soil in damp to wet conditions. It is tolerant to shade, which is unusual for decorative grass.

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Reviews (7)

  • 4
    River Oats

    Posted by Michael Riley on Jan 23, 2022

    I had this purchased at TN nursery. I maintain this in my farmtown for its dual purpose plant.

  • 4
    My fish love it

    Posted by Tammy on May 07, 2016

    Every day I know where the fish are! Under this plant.

  • 5
    River Oats

    Posted by Greta Vines on Aug 27, 2019

    These arrived in great shape and packaged nicely. I got them planted.. Can't wait to see what they look like in the spring.

  • 5
    River Oats

    Posted by Kellie Springer on Aug 22, 2019

    simply amazing

  • 5
    River Oats

    Posted by Barron Easterly on Aug 22, 2019

    These look great around my pond.

  • 5
    River Oats

    Posted by Edward Simms on Aug 22, 2019

    these are a wonderful addition to my landscaping

  • 5
    River Oats

    Posted by Bobbie Sox on Aug 21, 2019

    Excellent border


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