Job's Tears (Coix lacryma-jobi)

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Job's Tears
Give a thumbs up Bead Seeds
Give a thumbs up Juno's Tears
Give a thumbs up Coixseed
Give a thumbs up Tear Grass

Also sold as:
Chinese Pearl Barley

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: up to 3 meters
Fruit: Other: Useful as beads for jewelry and rosary making
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Other: Green
Flower Color: Green
Other: Green
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Edible Parts: Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods: Tea
Culinary Herb/Spice
Cooked
Fermented
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: 5 cm
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

Image

Photo gallery:
Location: Lincoln, NEDate: 2008-07-03
By Moby
Give a thumbs up
Location: Lincoln, NEDate: 2012-01-25Job's Tears are frequently used for prayer beads and jewelry maki
By Moby
Give a thumbs up
Location: Lincoln, NEDate: 2012-01-25The dried flower is still attached on a couple seeds
By Moby
Give a thumbs up
 Photo Courtesy of Select Seeds. Used with permission.
By Joy
Give a thumbs up
Location: Allentown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-06-19late spring - just starting to really grow as warm weather arrive
By plantrob
Give a thumbs up
Photo courtesy of Select Seeds.
By Joy
Give a thumbs up

Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
How do you do this? by Skiekitty Jul 13, 2014 9:43 PM 1
WANTED: List of 40 plants sought, list of 200 seeds able to trade... by Omniviridis Dec 13, 2019 12:28 PM 0
This is corn ? by sangel Jun 5, 2019 7:51 PM 9
A plant that produces shell-like hard stone fruit. Anybody know? by Alifarooqify Sep 22, 2015 6:11 PM 4
A plant that produce Shell like hard stone fruit. Anybody knows? (From Pakista by Alifarooqify Sep 22, 2015 11:07 AM 3

« Add a new plant to the database

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by bootandall and is called "Magnolia"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.