This attractive grass is often cultivated in gardens and the branches of its spikelets can be used in flower arrangements and winter bouquets. Inland Oats is easy to identify because of its large flat spikelets and broad leaves. The nodding spikelets move about on their slender pedicels with each passing breeze. Another scientific name for this plant is Uniola latifolia. It has different common names, including Broad-Leaved Uniola, Wild Oats, and River Oats. The common name 'Sea Oats' is inappropriate as this actually refers to another species, Uniola paniculata, which is not found in Illinois. This latter species occurs primarily along coastal areas that are sandy. It is a taller plant with more erect spikelets; each of its flowers has 3 stamens.
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