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.

Photo ID?

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