Avena sativa

Avena sativa (cultivated oats) is the same species that is grown for food. This cultivar has been selected for ornamental use. It is an annual grass, very easily grown from seed. Probably the best use for this grass is in fresh and dried arrangements, as it flowers and dies back relatively early in the summer. 'Forest Bouquet' is a cultivar selected for attractive flowers.

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Oats 'Forest Bouquet.' Gardner-Marlow yard near Pilot Mound. 15 July 2003. Photo: Anna Gardner

Annual or perennial: annual

Origin: Mediterranean

Height: 2-3 feet

Hardiness: zones 4-9

Habit: upright

Moisture: well-drained

Propagation: seed

Light: full sun

Flowering: July
Uses: fresh and dried cut flowers

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