One of the most amazing grasses, this ornamental plant is usually grown for its pearl-like seeds which have been used for centuries as beads for jewelry. The seeds when ripe can be any colour from pearly grey to pure black and grow with a pre-made hole through the centre. One of the most attractive ornamental plants, it is perennial in warmer countries where it can often reach ten feet tall, but is easily grown as an annual in colder climes. Finally, in the Orient, the seeds are eaten as a cereal called "Adlay".
Sow at any time, in a well-lit position, into a good, soil-based compost. Cover seeds thinly and keep moist at around 15 degrees C or 60 degrees F. Some New Zealand species can be very slow indeed and may need cooler temperatures before they will come up. Grass seedlings should be potted on and grown on singly, or in clumps for more rapid establishment of a large specimen.
Common name:Job's Tears, Bead Seeds, Juno's Tears, Adlay Millet, Chinese Pearl Barley,
Classification:Half hardy annual
Packet Content:5 (Approx)