Commonly known as Job’s tears, this intriguing grass bears strappy green leaves on upright to arching stems that typically reach 3 to 4 feet tall. Nodding green flowers mature into large, bead-like green seeds that ripen to white, black, tan, or shades of gray. This plant has been grown for millennia and has many fascinating uses: as an edible grain, as a medicinal plant, as a natural bead for crafting, and as a garden ornamental. Full sun. Perennial in Zones 9 and south; can be grown as an annual anywhere. Be aware that Job’s tears may self-sow: usually lightly in cold climates but more freely in warmer regions, possibly to the point of being invasive.
Harvested in August and September 2020. At least 15 seeds.