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We dig plants when your order is received, and ship immediately via US Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number via email when plants are shipped. All plants are packed to be safe in their packages for up to 3 days after receipt.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This provides superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receipt unless weather prohibits. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water daily for the first week after planting.
Hardy Planting Zone: 3 to 9
Bloom Season: June, July, August, and September
Bloom Color: Green
Height at Maturity: 2 to 4 feet
Soil Type Preferred: Moist sands, loams, and clay
Sun or Shade: part shade, shade
Wild Oats is a perennial plant that grows between 2 and 4 feet.
It is a clump-forming plant that bears oat-like flower spikelets that are large and drooping from slender, arching branches. In sunnier areas, the blue-green leaves will change to a bright yellowish gold color.
These plants are a popular choice in shady grass areas as they are a low maintenance plant and known for their large seed heads.
They start as small blue-green leaves beginning in early spring. By May, the wild Oats' plates will be a vibrant green with see-through seed heads and be 2 feet tall. The seed heads will then be ivory by mid-summer before turning brown by fall, where they will start to fall off.
The Wild Oats will pass through the winter as a soft brown, but it will become gray by February and look a bit worn down by February. This is the time to cut the plants to the basal rosette. In just a few years, the plants can grow quite aggressively, especially in moist loamy soils. These plants grow in such thickness that they have been used to help prevent soil erosion along stream beds.
Wild Oats plants are often used in potting arrangements, and the seed stalks being used in dried floral arrangements. They also attract butterflies and host the larvae of the Bells Road Skipper butterfly, Pepper and Salt Skipper butterfly, and the Bronzed Roadside Skipper butterfly. The Wild Oats plants are highly deer resistant but do provide grazing for small mammals and several birds.