• Stipa avenacea which was renamed Piptochaetium avenaceum is a perennial bunchgrass.
• Its common names are:
– black oat grass
– black seed needle grass
• It is a native to Eastern North America.
• It is a member belonging to the grass family Poaceae.
• Stipa avenacea is commonly found in the Eastern United States.
Its types of habitats include:
– deciduous hardwood hammocks
– dry woods
– upland woodlands
– rocky slopes
• Black oat grass, consists of fine leaf texture.
• It appears to be bristle-like.
• Its leaves are long and elongate.
• They reach about 3 feet in height.
• The plant is easily recognizable.
• This can be recognized by its open inflorescence.
• These are thin.
• It also consists of awns.
• They are hairlike projections.
It is cultivated for:
– Erosion control
– Cover crop
Health Benefits of Piptochaetium Avenaceum or Stipa avenacea
It has the following health benefits:
• Wheat foods such as oatmeal and bran is produced.
• It has been used as a natural medicine.
• It is used to fight against certain cancers.
• It prevents the formation of tumors.
• The seeds also provide vitamin and minerals.
• They can lower caffeine intake.
• For treating dry skin, itchiness, and eczema.
Scientific Classification of Piptochaetium Avenaceum or Stipa avenacea
• Kingdom : Plantae
• Order : Poales
• Family : Poaceae
• Genus : Stipa
• Species : Stipa avenacea
• Binomial name : Stipa avenacea
• Prepare the planting location.
• Pick a sunny site.
• The soil really should be on the dry side.
• It can do well generally in most soil types.
• Plant seeds 1/2 inch to a single inch deep in medium to fine-textured soils.
• Plant them 1 to 3 inches in coarse-textured soils, as the USDA recommends.
• The deeper you plant the seeds the lower the probability that they are to become dug up by rodents.
• Plant seed at a rate of 8 lb. per acre or 24 seeds per sq. ft.
• Plant the seed during the early spring.
• If your soil has a medium to light texture then plant in late fall.
• The USDA advises against planting seed during the summer time or late summer to early fall.
• Keep weeds in check when the plants are establishing themselves.
• Two inches of organic mulch works well in keeping down weeds inside garden.
• Water regularly during its establishment.
• It is slow to ascertain.
• Regular watering could possibly be important for no less than the primary two seasons.
• This plant is drought-tolerant but one time established.