Inland Sea Oats

Inland Sea Oats is relatively shade and salt tolerant, giving it use as an ornamental ground cover and erosion control plant for critically shaded, eroded areas. It does not tolerate grazing or excessive sunlight very well. In nature it is usually found growing sparsely in draws and stream beds under dense tree canopy.

Seeds are eaten by birds and rodents, and the leaves are hosts for butterflies. Its shade tolerance gives it ornamental and erosion control applications.

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Description

Inland Seas Oats is a native, warm season perennial bunchgrass that typically forms small colonies up to 5’ in height.  It common throughout East Texas, and is also found in areas adjacent to creeks, bayous, and rivers in the Edwards Plateau, Rio Grande Plains, and Southern Rolling Plains.

Inland Sea Oats is relatively shade and salt tolerant, giving it use as an ornamental ground cover and erosion control plant for critically shaded, eroded areas. It does not tolerate grazing or excessive sunlight very well. In nature it is usually found growing sparsely in draws and stream beds under dense tree canopies. Seeds are eaten by birds and rodents, and the leaves are hosts for butterflies. Its shade tolerance gives it ornamental and erosion control applications.

Planting: 3-5 lbs. pure live seed (PLS) per acre

Height: Up to 4 feet

Type: Warm Season Perennial

Region: United States

For more information: Inland Sea Oats Plant Guide by USDA NRCS

Additional information

Season

Warm Season

Plant Type

Grass

Height

3-5'

Wildlife

Deer, Quail, Turkeys