River Oats


Very popular as a low-maintenance shade grass, , River Oats is a very ornamental grass that is easily identifiable. The seeds are eaten by birds and small mammals, and it is known to attract butterflies.

Approx 75 Native Grass seed per packet.

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River oats (or Chasmanthium latifolium) , named for its tendency to grow along waterways, is both ornamental and practical. With its slender stalks and oat-like spikelets that turn color during the fall, River oats is often used in floral arrangements. In addition to attracting butterflies and being deer-resistant, this perennial grass provides grazing and produces seeds enjoyed by small mammals and birds.

River oats grows 3 to 6 feet tall with a blooming period (fruiting period, in this case) of mid to late summer (July-September).  It is especially useful in combating erosion due to its complex root structure. River oats is native to the Midwest of the United States and thrives in moist  soil, preferring partial shade to full shade conditions.

Seed Details

Weight 0.025 lbs
Dimensions 3.5 × 2.25 × 0.0 in

Seed Packet

Approx Seed Count



Seed germinates after cold-moist stratification.

Sun Exposure


Moisture Exposure

Medium Wet, Medium (Very Wet in Winter and Spring time)


3 Feet with Bloomtime in June through September.

Plant Spacing

1-2 Feet


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