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Wild Oats - 100 Plugs

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Wild Oats

Wild oat grass is a perennial bunchgrass native to the northern hemisphere. This grass grows in many parts of the world, including North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Its other is known as common oat grass.

Wild oat grows well in meadows, along roadsides, and pastures. Its scientific name for wild oats is Avena fatua L., which comes from the Latin word Avena meaning oats. Wild oats grow from one to three feet tall depending on conditions and are hardy in USDA zones 3 through 9.

This beneficial grass has other unique names many gardeners use, including the following:

  • Folle avoid
  • Black oats
  • Avoine folle
  • Avoine Sauvage

Wild Oats Is Easy To Love

Wild oats are a fast-growing, low-maintenance plant that is easy to adore. It has pretty blue flowers that bloom from early spring until frost.

Due to wild oats' heights, you may need to thin it out occasionally if you want it in a more contained space. The seeds spread quickly and can effortlessly be grown from seed, but they will grow back in the same place yearly. This makes them excellent for naturalizing in areas where you want more wildflowers but doesn't want to avoid reseeding or planting new flowers each year.

Wild Oats do best in full sun or partial shade, with average to dry soil. If your soil pH is above 6 (on the alkaline side), you may need to add lime before planting this wildflower to lower the pH to an acceptable range for most plants. Check your soil with a kit or test strips before planting new plants if you need clarification on its pH level.

Plant your wild oats 1 inch deep into well-prepared soil, then water them well until they germinate. Once they have sprouted, thin them out so they are spaced 3 inches apart.

It would help if you only let your plants go for a short time without watering them because they need regular moisture throughout their growing season to thrive.

Wild Oats Appearance

Wild Oat grass is a beautiful, hardy grass that grows in wide open fields. It has a very slender stalk with narrow, green leaves attached to it. The seed head of this plant is exciting, as it resembles a teardrop shape with pointed ends.