This variety has hard-shelled, white, oval, pearly white seed pods used as beads in making rosaries, necklaces, and hippie curtains. When cultivated, it is harvested as a cereal crop, and is used medicinally in parts of Asia. The Cherokee in Oklahoma call these “corn beads” and use them for personal adornment.
Hardiness: Frost tender, but can perennialize if protected
Habit: 5' tall with arching stems
Light: Full Sun
Soil: Rich, well-draining soil
Origin: Southeast Asia