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INLAND SEAOATS       Wild Oats  

Chasmanthium latifolium  chas-MAN-thee-um lah-the-FOLE-ee-um           

Perennial grass for shade to part shade   Height: 2-4 feet    Spread: Unlimite Spacing: 2-3 feet


HABIT:              Looks like dwarf bamboo. Insignificant flowers, followed by very decorative seed                                                heads that turn golden ivory in fall and last into January.


CULTURE:        Easy to grow in any soil in shady areas but can tolerate some direct sun. In large areas,  sow   -2 lbs. seed per thousand square feet.  Will grow in deep sugar sand or black clay. Reseeds readily. Cutting the seed heads off before they mature helps to prevent spreading.

USES:              Great plant for erosion control in the shade. Can also adapt to sunny spots.


PROBLEMS:     Spreads aggressively by seed and rhizomes, so be careful where you plant it.

NOTES:            Stems with dry seed heads can be cut for long lasting dry flower arrangements.


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