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Chasmanthium latifolium - (Michx.)H.O.Yates.

Common Name Indian Woodoats, Wild Oats Grass, North American Wild Oats, Northern Sea Oats, Spanglegrass River Oa
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 4-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist fertile woodlands[200]. Along stream and river banks and in rich deciduous woods[270].
Range South-eastern N. America to northern Mexico.
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Chasmanthium latifolium Indian Woodoats, Wild Oats Grass, North American Wild Oats, Northern Sea Oats, Spanglegrass River Oa


Chasmanthium latifolium Indian Woodoats, Wild Oats Grass, North American Wild Oats, Northern Sea Oats, Spanglegrass River Oa

 

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Summary

Main Bloom Time: Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Chasmanthium latifolium is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Uniola palmeri. Vasey.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - cooked. It can be used as a cereal in making bread, biscuits etc, or can be ground into a flour and used as a mush[177, 257]. A food crop of the Cocopa Indians of Mexico[236].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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FOOD FOREST PLANTS

Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Food Forest

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Container, Erosion control, Massing, Seashore, Specimen. Thrives in full sun or dappled shade on rich, moisture-retentive soils sheltered from strong winds[200]. The dried flower heads are sometimes used in flower arranging[274]. Special Features:Attracts birds, North American native, Invasive,Naturalizing, Wetlands plant, Attracts butterflies, Suitable for cut flowers, Suitable for dried flowers. The plant is heat tolerant in zones 9 through 5. (Plant Hardiness Zones show how well plants withstand cold winter temperatures. Plant Heat Zones show when plants would start suffering from the heat. The Plant Heat Zone map is based on the number of "heat days" experienced in a given area where the temperature climbs to over 86 degrees F (30°C). At this temperature, many plants begin to suffer physiological damage. Heat Zones range from 1 (no heat days) to 12 (210 or more heat days). For example Heat Zone. 11-1 indicates that the plant is heat tolerant in zones 11 through 1.) For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a clumper with limited spread [1-2]. The root pattern is fibrous dividing into a large number of fine roots [1-2].

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Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in situ and only just cover the seed[1]. Division in spring[200].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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(Michx.)H.O.Yates.

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Readers comment

Gary Fine   Tue May 16 2006

I am looking for information on the production, vegetative and seed, for Chasmanthium latifolium. Nursery production and field scale production for seed and plant increase. This is for local ecotypic establishment of native and locally collected seeds. Information on row and plant spacing, sun or shading for optimum seed production in a field setting.

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