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Avena sterilis - L.
                 
Common Name Sterile Oats, Animated oat
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry wasteland, cultivated ground and meadows, especially on heavier soils[50, 200].
Range Europe - Mediterranean.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Avena sterilis Sterile Oats, Animated oat


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Avena sterilis Sterile Oats, Animated oat
   
Physical Characteristics
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Avena sterilis is a ANNUAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jun to July, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind.Suitable for: medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid and very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Seed.
Edible Uses: Coffee.

Seed - cooked[57]. The seed ripens in the latter half of summer and, when harvested and dried, can store for several years. It has a floury texture and a mild, somewhat creamy flavour. It can be used as a staple food crop in either savoury or sweet dishes. The seed can be cooked whole, though it is more commonly ground into a flour and used as a cereal in all the ways that oats are used, especially as a porridge but also to make biscuits, sourdough bread etc. The seed can also be sprouted and eaten raw or cooked in salads, stews etc. The roasted seed is a coffee substitute.
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Fibre;  Mulch;  Paper;  Thatching.

The straw has a wide range of uses such as for bio-mass, fibre, mulch, paper-making and thatching[171]. Some caution is advised in its use as a mulch since oat straw can infest strawberries with stem and bulb eelworm.
Cultivation details
Succeeds in any moderately fertile soil in full sun[200]. Tolerates a pH in the range 4.5 to 8. Occasionally cultivated for its edible seed, the yields are lower than those of A. sativa[57]. It is probably a parent of the cultivated species of oats[142]. This species could be of value in any breeding programme for the cultivated oats (A. sativa) where it could confer disease resistance and higher yields. Oats are in general easily grown plants but, especially when grown on a small scale, the seed is often completely eaten out by birds. Some sort of netting seems to be the best answer on a garden scale.
Propagation
Seed - sow in situ in early spring or in the autumn. Only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.

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Other Names
Winter wild oat, animated oat; sterile oat; wild oat. Spanish: avena caballuna; avena estéril; avena loca. French: avione animee; avione sterile. Portuguese: balanco-maior. Germany: Schmuck-Hafer; Traub Hafer; Winter Flughafer. Italy: avena sterile. Netherlands: haver, loop-. South Africa: groot wildehawer; red wild oats; rooiwildehawer; tall wild oats; wild oats; wildehawer.
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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

This plant can be weedy or invasive. United States: (animated oat)Noxious weed. Alabama:Class A noxious weed. California:Quarantine. Florida:Noxious weed. Massachusetts: Prohibited. Minnesota: Prohibited noxious weed. North Carolina: Class A noxious weed. Oregon:Quarantine. South Carolina:Plant pest. Vermont: Class A noxious weed. Highly invasive in cultivated and disturbed ground and has probably already invaded many suitable regions of the world.
Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Avena abyssinicaAbyssinian Oat20
Avena barbataSlender Oat20
Avena brevis 20
Avena byzantinaRed Oat20
Avena fatuaWild Oats21
Avena ludovicianaOats20
Avena nudaNaked Oat40
Avena nudibrevis 20
Avena orientalisHungarian Oat31
Avena sativaOats, Common oat33
Avena strigosaBristle Oats, Black oats20
Avena wiestii 20
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