Oat - Avena sativa

    Alt Name
    Cultivated Oat and as Common Oat

    Similar to Wild Oat, but the spikelets are 17 to 20 mm long, without hairs on the lemma bases; the lemmas with fairly straight awns, or sometimes awnless.

    Similar Species

    Avena fatua

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    Roadside verges and field margins.

    When to see it

    Flowers June to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain as a relic of cultivation.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional escape from cultivation in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map