Jobs Tears - Knowledgebase Question

Marion, IA
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Question by gazer
March 1, 1998
I have some seeds which my grandmother called Job's Tears. Any idea what the real name is and where they come from?


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Answer from NGA
March 1, 1998
Job's Tears is much easier to pronounce than the plant's botanical name, which is "Coix lacryma-jobi". It's a perennial grass (or annual in cold areas), and is grown for its ornamental beads, which are really seed pods. The plant originated in SE Asia.

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