Species: False Oat-Grass (Arrhenatherum elatius)

Family: Grasses (POACEAE (GRAMINEAE))

Category: Flowering Plants

Location: NW

A. Flowering Plants

More extensive information on flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.


This ubiquitous, diverse family includes annual, biennial, and perennial species, terrestrial and aquatic species, and deciduous and evergreen species. One reason why grasses are such successful plants is that they grow from the base, whereas most other plants grow from the tip. This means they are more likely to survive when damaged, for example by mowing, grazing, or fire. 70% of all crops are grasses, producing grains for food.

C. False Oat-Grass (Arrhenatherum elatius)

This tall, loosely tufted, native perennial flowers from May, when its spreading panicle produces shining 2-flowered spikelets.


False Oat-Grass

False Oat-Grass is a tall, loosely tufted, native perennial grass that flowers from May.