Avena sativa L.
Avena sativa is a grass.
Avena sativa was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.
The grasses reach heights of 40 to 100 centimetres and are comparatively fast-growing and short-lived. They have a erect habit and have an upright habit, the main growing season is in spring and summer.
Avena sativa is deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are alternate. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation. The foliage is porous.
Flowers and Fruits
Avena sativa produces panicles of yellow flowers from May to July.
In summer the grasses produce an abundance of brown caryopses that are both edible and very ornamental.
Avena sativa is native to : garden origin.
The grasses prefer a sunny situation. They prefer soil with a pH between 5,3 and 8,5 and need a soil depth of at least 20 centimetres for good growth. They tolerate temperatures down to -29Â°C (USDA zone 5) and need a frost-free period of at least 13 weeks.
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- low: anaerobic soil, drought, calcareous soil
- medium: soil salinity
Maintenance and Propagation
Propagate by sowing.
Pests and Diseases
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃe Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.