Perennial Teosinte

Zea diploperennis

A strong elegant spreading grass with edible seeds that is beautiful in large landscape borders. Perennial teosinte is a wild relative of maize that is very rare outside of Mexico – where virtually all wild populations are either threatened or endangered and exist in an area of only a few square miles. Grown since the mid-80s, the OAEC Nursery may be one of the few places in the country where you can obtain this special plant!

Water: Moderate to Dry

Hardiness: Not frost tender, but dies to the ground in Winter

Habit: Perennial spreading grass to 6' tall

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Adaptable

Origin: The Cerro de San Miguel, Sierra de Manantlan, and Jalisco in Mexico

Perennial Teosinte