All Chapter members are eligible to attend any GNPS plant rescue.

To learn about currently scheduled GNPS rescues, please visit the Plant Rescue page on the GNPS website. This page is usually updated with the next month's rescues around the 24th of each month, but pop-ups can be added at any time.

If you are interested in the rescue program, please make sure that you are on the GNPS rescue mailing list, so you will receive a mailing when the Rescue Schedule page is updated. This is not our chapter mailing list.

You can help us find new rescue locations. There is now an online Potential Rescue Site Information Form that can be filled out to start the process. If you see a property that is going to be developed, please take the time to gather all the information you can and submit it on the form.

To help identify plants you find, or just to see how native plants look this month, visit Mike Strickland's personal homepage - A Monthly Guide to Georgia Native Plants.

Danthonia spicata
    ( Danthonia        spicata )
Poverty Oat Grass, Oatgrass, Curly Grass., taken on December 14, 2014.
Photo Credit: S Holland

If one happens upon a colony of Danthonia spicata he might exclaim, "What beautiful curls you have!" Often overlooked among other native grasses because of it diminutive size, Oatgrass stems are as short as 4 inches tall, but can reach 24 inches. It is a perennial cool-season bunchgrass with wiry clumps of naked stems and tufts of curly, basal leaves. Its distinctive curls make it relatively easy to identify. The seed-heads that develop in late spring look like the cultivated oats that are grown as a cereal crop.

Danthonia spicata occurs in colonies in open forests, forest openings, right-of-ways and is most abundant on impoverished soils. It is suitably named as it is an indicator of poor soils and will not persist in fertile soils.

Wild turkey have been known to consume limited amounts of the foliage during early spring when other browse is not available. Poverty Oatgrass is also a larval host to some species of skipper butterflies.

Common uses for this plant include: For texture in areas of sun or shade, dry or semi-moist. Most useful for erosion control in areas of poor or over-worked soil. Requires little to no care once established.

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