For Your Garden - August 2013
Have you been meaning to add a few native plants to your garden? Now is the perfect time. Native plants provide beauty as well as food and shelter for wildlife. Native species are adapted to the Illinois climate. They require little or no watering and are resistant to drought, insects and most diseases. Because they are perennials, you can welcome their presence year after year.
inland oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)
Photo © Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Inland oats plants grow naturally in Illinois in areas of moist soil, preferably shaded. They are more commonly found in the southern half of the state than in northern Illinois. This native grass flowers from July through October. The plants may reach four feet in height. Their seed heads are attractive and provide food for wildlife. Seed heads turn a golden color in autumn. This species works well in woodland plantings and along woodland edges, although it will grow in full sun as well.
Classification and taxonomy are based on Mohlenbrock, Robert H. 2014. Vascular flora of Illinois: A field guide. Fourth edition. Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale. 536 pp.