This is the more attracrtive black seeded form of this ornamental and globally-important grass. One of the few grains that can be used as a wheat substitute in gluten-free recipes and products, this is an important food crop in Africa, Central America, and South Asia, and is the "fifth-most important cereal crop grown in the world". Sorghum is one of Africa’s greatest contributions to the world’s agricultural diversity, and is a traditional crop in warmer countries. Adaptable and drought tolerant, sorghum provides grain, sweet syrup, animal fodder, or sometimes, more than one crop from a single planting!
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:Black Sorghum
Classification:Half hardy annual