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
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
Pricing & Availability
Danthonia spicataAlso known as:
poverty wild oatgrass
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.
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
Propagate from seed or by division.
An ideal candidate for xeriscaping, or use in a dry, sunny rock garden.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
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
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