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.

    Identification difficulty

    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

    UK Map