Inland oats have been an on again, off again interest for gardeners for years mostly for its interesting seed heads and tendency to clump in traditional perennial beds, but it is far more interesting than that. In nature it forms running colonies in open woods ... and savanas, as well as, glades near springs and moist prairies mostly in the Southern half of the state. The flat seed heads remain on the plant for a long period of time. The foliage is consumed by caterpillars of certain skippers and the northern pearly eye, making it a nice add on for those interested in helping out these species. Though we are north of its normal range we have found that it preforms well around the southern end of the lake.