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.
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.