Family: Poaceae

Scientific Name: Chasmanthium latifolium

Common Name: Wild Oates Grass, Indian Wood Oats, Spangle Grass

DescriptionA medium size grass with ornamental flat oak-like spikletes.
Plant TypeAll Plants, Grass Ornamental
Hardiness Zone5-9
Sunlightsun to some shade
MoisturePrefers moist but will tolerate some dryness once established.
Soil & SitePrefers rich moist soil but will tolerate poorer soil.
Flowersdangling flattened oat-like spiklets, found on panicles, green turning to red/bronze to buff, can be cut for dried arrangements.
LeavesL medium green turning to golden yellow in the fall
DimensionsReaches 2-4 feet tall by a spread of 2-3 feet.
Maintenancelow maintenance
Native SiteNative to eastern United States and northeastern Mexico.
Misc FactsChasmanthium means wide open or gaping flowers (#78)
Notes & Reference#78-The Garderns Dictionary of Horticutlural Terms (Bagust), #127-Grasses of Wisconsin (Norman Fassett), #222-The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes (Rick Darke)
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