Avena sativa is a annual, edible plant of the Poaceae family.
−45.6 °C to −42.8 °C
Plant hardiness is a geographically defined area in which a plant is capable of growing. It's defined by climatic conditions, including its ability to withstand the minimum temperatures of the zone. For example, a plant that is described as "hardy to zone 10" means that the plant can withstand a minimum temperature of −1 °C (30 °F).
The extremes of winter cold are a major determinant of whether a plant species can be cultivated outdoors at a particular location; however, the USDA hardiness zones have a number of drawbacks if used without supplementary information. The zones do not incorporate summer heat levels into the zone determination; thus sites which may have the same mean winter minima, but markedly different summer temperatures, will be accorded the same hardiness zone.
DimensionsAvena sativa can grow from 0.6m to 1.2mm tall
- cannot grow in the shade
- Bearing Habit
- Foliage Habit
- non-auriculate, sheaths rounded on the back; ligules blunt, membranous
- Foliage Texture
- Average Water
- Used as a cereal, it is probably best known as the breakfast cereal porridge but it can also be used in many other ways. The seed can be sprouted and used in salads, the grain can also be ground into a flour and used in making biscuits, sourdough etc
- Whilst used mainly as a food, oat grain does also have medicinal properties. In particular oats are a nutritious food that gently restores vigour after debilitating illnesses, helps lower cholesterol levels in the blood and also increases stamina. The seed is a mealy nutritive herb that is antispasmodic, cardiac, diuretic, emollient, nervine and stimulant. The seed contains the antitumor compound b-sitosterol and has been used as a folk remedy for tumours. A gruel made from the ground seed is used as a mild nutritious aliment in inflammatory cases, fevers and after parturition.
- Disease Susceptibility
- Bacterial Blight
- Several Fungus infections such as Anthracnose, Barley yellow dwarf, Crown rust
- Oats (Avena sativa) can cause nitrate toxicity in livestock. Cattle are more prone to toxicity, but swine and turkeys have been poisoned on oat stubble.
- Not sharp, Has no Thorns
- Spring time
- 2 weeks from seeding
- It is in flower from Jun to July
- Propagation Methods
- Flower Fragrance