Oatstraw: A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information for oat

Avena sativa, a annual of the Poaceae family, has a smooth stem, growing up to 4 feet high, with linear lanceolate, veined rough leaves; loose striate sheaves; stipules lacerate; panicle equal, loose; spikelets pedunculate, pendulous, two-flowered, both perfect, lower one mostly awned; paleae cartilaginous, embracing the caryopsis; root is fibrous.

common names & nomenclature
The name oat straw is in reference to it being from the upper stems of the oat plant, and for the long-ago use as a mattress stuffing.

Also known as:
oats, oat straw

Oatstraw, the soothing and nutritious grain
Oatstraw: Where in the World
habitat and range for oat

Avena sativa is widespread throughout Europe, Asia and northwest Africa. Several species have become naturalized in many parts of the world, and are regarded as invasive weeds where they compete with crop production.

Oatstraw: Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting oat

Oats grow on dry wasteland, cultivated ground and meadows in full sun.

Oats are an easily grown crop that succeeds in any moderately fertile soil. They prefer a poor dry soil.

Sow seeds directly in the garden in early spring or in the autumn. Only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.

Harvest oats and oatstraw at the end of summer, dry the straw and cut into pieces or grind into powder for later use.

Store dried oatstraw pieces and powdered dried oatstraw in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.