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Wild Oats

Avena fetua

Also known as

Spring Wild Oat, Wild Oat, Common Wild Oats

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.2m

Max

20cm

30cm

Min

10cm

6 months to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Wild Oats Overview

Closely related to Oats, this wild one has smaller grains, but just as valuable as food. Wild Oats self-seeds easily, thus often considered to be a weed as it readily grows between commercial crops lowering the production. It is used as cattle food and a favourite of wild birds.

Common problems with Wild Oats

Birds and rodents.

    Wild Oats Companion Plants

    Plant with other grasses.

    How to harvest Wild Oats

    Harvest seeds as soon as it is ripe and have turned golden brown.

    How to propagate Wild Oats

    Seed

    Selfseed easily. Sow seed in prepaired beds after the first rainfall.

    Special features of Wild Oats

    Attracts birds

    Wild birds eat the seeds.

    Drought resistant

    Can go for extended periods without water.

    Other uses of Wild Oats

    Animal feed

    Birds feed on the seeds. The grass plant can be used to feed cattle.