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Avena barbata - Pott. ex Link.

Common Name Slender Oat
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry wasteland, cultivated ground and meadows, especially on heavier soils[74, 200].
Range Europe to Asia.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Avena barbata Slender Oat


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Avena barbata Slender Oat
Jose Hernandez @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

 
Avena barbata is a ANNUAL at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to July, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay and nutritionally poor soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed.
Edible Uses: Coffee.

Seed - cooked[57]. Rather small[257]. The seed ripens in the latter half of summer and, when harvested and dried, can store for several years. It has a floury texture and a mild, somewhat creamy flavour. It can be used as a staple food crop in either savoury or sweet dishes. The seed can be cooked whole, though it is more commonly ground into a flour and used as a cereal in all the ways that oats are used, especially as a porridge but also to make biscuits, sourdough bread etc. The seed can also be sprouted and eaten raw or cooked in salads, stews etc. The roasted seed is a coffee substitute.

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Fibre;  Mulch;  Paper;  Thatching.

The straw has a wide range of uses such as for bio-mass, fibre, mulch, paper-making and thatching[171]. Some caution is advised in its use as a mulch since oat straw can infest strawberries with stem and bulb eelworm.

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any moderately fertile soil in full sun[200]. A triploid species, it is rarely cultivated for its edible seed[57]. Oats are in general easily grown plants but, especially when grown on a small scale, the seed is often completely eaten out by birds. Some sort of netting seems to be the best answer on a garden scale.

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Propagation

Seed - sow in situ in early spring or in the autumn. Only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Bearded oat. Spanish: Avena delgada; Avena loca. French: Avoine a deux barbes; Avoine barbue. Portuguese: balanco-bravo. Austria: bart-Hafer. Brazil: aveia-barbada; aveia-brava. Germany: Wilder Hafer. Italy: Avena a due barbe. Norway: skjegghavre. USA: slender oats; slender wildoat.

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

This plant can be weedy or invasive. Avena barbata has spread widely in North America where it has been reported to displace native grass species. It is recorded as a noxious weed in the USA. In Australia, it outcompetes native grasses and forms a fibrous root system. It can also alter the fire regime of an area.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Avena abyssinicaAbyssinian Oat20
Avena brevis 20
Avena byzantinaRed Oat20
Avena fatuaWild Oats21
Avena ludovicianaOats20
Avena nudaNaked Oat40
Avena nudibrevis 20
Avena orientalisHungarian Oat31
Avena sativaOats, Common oat33
Avena sterilisSterile Oats, Animated oat30
Avena strigosaBristle Oats, Black oats20
Avena wiestii 20

 

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