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Plant Name:

California Oatgrass

Scientific Name:

Danthonia californica


A native perennial grass with distinctive blue-green leaves and airy panicles of golden-brown flowers.


Native to western North America and often found in grasslands, meadows, and open forests.


California Oatgrass provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds such as the grasshopper sparrow and meadowlark who use the plant for cover and nesting, and small mammals such as rabbits who may eat the plant's leaves and use the plant for shelter.

Growing Conditions:

Prefers full sun and well-drained soil. Drought-tolerant once established.


Often used for erosion control and as a forage grass for livestock.

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Fun Facts:

California Oatgrass is also known as "oatgrass" or "California wild oatgrass".

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