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Danthonia spicata

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Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Ornamental Grasses

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry

Soil Description: neutral, poor, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 6"-12"

Bloom Time: May, June, July

Bloom Color: green

Leaf Color: green, blue-green

Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: clumping, drought tolerant, mounding, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant

Danthonia spicata (poverty oatgrass)
  • Danthonia spicata (poverty oatgrass)
  • Danthonia spicata (poverty oatgrass)

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Description

Danthonia spicata

Also known as:

poverty oatgrass

,

curly grass

,

poverty wild oatgrass

Scientific Synonyms:

Danthonia thermalis

Description

Danthonia spicata is easily identifiable by its curly basal foliage. The blades a green to blue-green, and form dense, foot tall clumps. It has a rather unusual, unique and somewhat unkempt appearance; if Albert Einstein had grass instead of hair...this would be it.

Cultivation

Poverty oatgrass is an appropriate common name, for this species does best in dry, rocky, infertile and poor soil. If planted in a rich, moist environment, if will quickly be out-competed by other species. It Blooms in May to July, but both blooms and seedheads are rather unremarkable. An extremely hardy, cold season grass; zones 2-8

Propagation

Propagate from seed or by division.

Additional Notes

An ideal candidate for xeriscaping, or use in a dry, sunny rock garden.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Poaceae Grass family
Genus Danthonia oatgrass
Species Danthonia spicata poverty oatgrass