Job's Tears (Coix lacryma-jobi)

Common names:
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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
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: 5 cm
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Monoecious


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