Oatgrass – California


California Oatgrass is a native bunchgrass that is dispersed throughout the western regions of North America, between California and Canada, as well as in some parts of South America. It is often located throughout coastal prairies, around the outside of wetlands, and in a variety of other vegetative communities. In Oregon, California Oatgrass is found on both sides of the Cascade Mountain range. It is a short-lived perennial that grows between 1 and 2 ½ feet tall in areas of full sun. This grass has adapted to a broad variety of growing conditions. It produces self-pollinated seeds that drop from small flowers, which never open, and can handle terrain stress and ecosystem disturbances. It will establish in medium or fine textured soil and has a moderate drought tolerance. California Oatgrass is a slow-growing grass, but is distinctive in that it will stay green all year long.

*USDA Native Plant Database ‘Fact Sheet’ pdf: California oatgrass (usda.gov)

*USDA Native Plant Database ‘Plant Guide’ pdf: California oatgrass (usda.gov)

The broadcast seeding rate is 35 lb./acre.  If using a seed drill, a seeding rate of 16-18 lb./acre may be used.

*Wholesale pricing is available on orders of 3 pounds or more of this seed . Minimum order for wholesale pricing is $100. If interested please contact us for more information.

Purchasing Options PriceQuantity
Small Packet $2.50

Covers approximately 5 square feet.

10 Gram $3.00

Covers approximately 25 square feet.

1/16 Pound $12.00

Covers approximately 75 square feet.

1 Pound $57.00

Covers approximately 1,240 square feet.

Scientific Name

Danthonia californica

Product Type

Native Grass






NW Native species, North American Native species



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Seeds Per Pound


Seeding Rate (lb./acre)


Light Requirement

Full Sun

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