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Spring Oats (Avena sativa)

A non-native annual cover crop, also called a nurse crop, that can be planted with your native seed to help limit erosion and provide competition for weeds. It also performs well as a seed carrier. Oats are best used with spring plantings, as they do not typically over-winter well... for fall installations we recommend using ReGreen as a cover crop (mixed with Oats if using as a seed carrier). This cover crop is an annual, it will germinate and grow in a single season and will not grow the following year. The recommended seeding rate is 40 lbs/acre.


Cover crops are the only non-native species we recommend using in native planting projects.


  • Acronym: AVESAT
  • Life-Cycle: Annual
  • Bloom Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: June - August
  • Typical Height: 30"
  • Light Preference: Full Sun
  • Soil Preference: Mesic
  • Root Structure: Fiberous
  • Stratification: None Required
  • Seeds per Ounce: 930*
  • Seeds per Packet: N/A


Other scientific names used for this species:

  • None


Other common names used for this species:

  • None


*Approximate, actual number of seeds may vary slightly by seed lot.

COVER CROP: SPRING - Avena sativa - Per Pound

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