Days to Germination:7-10 days
Oryza sativa. Tidy fountains of dusky, deep mahogany blades add dark drama to imaginative plant combos. Late summer brings arching spikes of chartreuse rice (edible!). Grow this grass in your wettest garden bed or even standing water, or in a container that gets regular attention from your watering can. Direct-sow seeds in clumps of 5 to 6 in spring after the last frost date, pressing the seeds into the soil and barely covering them, or sow seeds in groups in individual pots indoors 4 to 6 weeks earlier, providing bottom heat for best germination. Harden off the seedlings by slowly introducing them to the outdoors over the span of a week, and then plant them out 12" apart after all danger of frost has passed. The foliage will emerge green but deepen in color as it matures. Annual. Summer flowering. Height: 16" to 20".