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Ornamental Grasses

Deer-resistant and easy to grow, Ornamental Grasses add lovely texture, color and billowing movement to garden beds and containers. Their blooms are the hallmark of late summer and fall, and are wonderful additions to late-season bouquets.

Black Madras Ornamental Rice

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Oryza sativa. This trendy Ornamental Grass is all the rage in public gardens, where its tidy fountains of dusky, deep mahogany blades add drama to imaginative plant combos. Late summer intensifies the color and brings arching spikes of chartreuse rice (edible!) that add exciting contrast. Grow this grass in your wettest garden bed or even standing water, or in a container without drainage holes or one that can get daily attention from your watering can. Direct sow seeds in spring after the last frost date, pressing the seeds into the soil but not covering them, or sow indoors 6 to 8 weeks earlier. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Annual. Summer blooming. Height: 16" to 20".

Average seed life: 2 to 3 years.

One packet of about 100 seeds
Catalog #7590
$5.05
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Gardening Tips

Ornamental Rice Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/8”
Seed Spacing:1”-2”
Plant Spacing:12”
Days to Germination:7-10 days
Germination Temperature:70°-80°F

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".