California oatgrass is a native clumping perennial bunch grass that prefers moist, sunny locations in upland prairie, transitional wetlands, oak woodlands and high elevation meadows. It typically grows 2-3′ tall. California oatgrass is considered nearly evergreen, and if growing in moist soil conditions it will stay green year-round. This species is durable, and can tolerate trampling and disturbance, making it a good choice for a native lawn because it can be mowed to maintain turf-like growth. California oatgrass foliage is used as a larval host plant by some caterpillars, and the seeds of this species are eaten by birds and small mammals.
California oatgrass (Danthonia californica) seed packets contain approximately 170 seeds.
Seed Germination Instructions
60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter. Cover lightly, as seed needs some light to germinate.