Wild-oat - Avena fatua

Alt Name
Wild Oat

A tall plant with a loose panicle of large spikelets that droop in fruit. The spikelets are 18 to 25 mm long, mature plants have their lemmas clothed at the base with silky brown hairs, and at least the lowest with a bent awn.


Wild Oat is a casual annual of arable land and a pest amongst cereal crops.

When to see it

June to September.

Life History


UK Status

Frequent throughout much of Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 462 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map