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Danthonia spicata

Poverty Oat-grass, Moonshine Grass

Scientific Name:

Danthonia spicata

Genus:

Danthonia

Species Epithet:

spicata

Common Name:

Poverty Oat-grass, Moonshine Grass

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Dry woodlands, rock outcrops, shale barrens. Common throughout most of NC, but not common in most of the Sandhills and southern Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Mature basal leaves curly, twisted, and tan-colored.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/danthonia/spicata/



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