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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Danthonia compressa

Mountain Oat-grass, Allegheny Flyback, Flattened Oatgrass

Scientific Name:

Danthonia compressa

Genus:

Danthonia

Species Epithet:

compressa

Common Name:

Mountain Oat-grass, Allegheny Flyback, Flattened Oatgrass

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Grassy balds, thin soils around rock outcrops, woodlands. Common in NC mountains, rare in piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Primary grass of mountain balds and woodlands.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/danthonia/compressa/



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