Danthonia californica var. californica

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Species Name: Danthonia californica var. californica
Common Name: California Oat Grass

This native oat grass makes a nice lawn substitute, especially in coastal areas. It stays low, tolerates moderate foot traffic and is relatively drought-tolerant.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass
Height by Width: 2-6 in. x 1' W
Growth Habit: Low, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Moderate
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Produces seedheads
Distribution: Northwest, Cascade Ranges, Sierra Nevada, Central West
Natural Habitat: Generally moist, open sites, meadows, forests

Care and Maintenance


Other Names
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.