Chasmanthium latifolium 'Little Tickler'
Northern sea oats
Inland sea oats, Indian wood oats, Wild oats, River oats, Flathead oats, and Spangle grass are just a few of the common names for this North American native and yes, you've guessed it - it's an oat. Not that you'd want a bowl of porridge made from it.
Still if you're looking for a very manageable, decorative grass that thrives in partial shade then this would be a good choice.
It's clump-forming, bearing large, drooping, oat-like flowers from slender, arching branches.
The blue-green, bamboo-like leaves often turn a bright yellow-gold, especially in sunnier sites. By mid-summer, the oaty seeds will have turned an attractive ivory and will turn brown by autumn before dropping off.
Excellent for drying. Deciduous.
Photo: © Jelitto
Hardy perennial grass (D)
Moist, poorly drained
Partial shade, shade