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.

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£ 7.00

Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Poaceae

Hardy perennial grass (D)

H4

100cm 

60cm 

Blue green 

Ivory 

Moist, poorly drained 

Partial shade, shade

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