Not related to the Asian rice - a genus of wild species.
Common name : Wild rice
Scientific name : Zizania aquatica
Family : Poaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Annual
Zizania - Wild rice - is a genus of four species of grasses, growing in shallow water in small lakes and slow-flowing streams.
Wild rice is not directly related to the Asian rice (Oryza sativa) - they have a chewy outer sheath with a tender inner grain that has a slightly vegetal taste.
Three species of wild rice are native to North America : Northern wild rice (Zizania palustris), an annual native to the Great Lakes region of North America, Wild rice (Z. aquatica), also an annual, growing in the Saint Lawrence River, the state of Florida, and on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States, Texas wild rice (Z. texana), a perennial found only in a small area along the San Marcos River in central Texas. Manchurian wild rice (Z. latifolia), is a perennial native to China, which has almost disappeared from the wild in its native range, but has been accidentally introduced into the wild in New Zealand where it is considered an invasive species.
Sowing & planting
60 - 200
6 - 7
Sow my wild rice
Wild rice is a stoloniferous aquatic plant: its natural environment is swamps and streams and lakes of fresh or slightly brackish water, so it must be sown under at least 30 cm of water. Side note : stagnant water is unsuitable for cultivation as a constant, even feeble stream of water is necessary.
Seeding is usually done in late winter or early spring when frost is over.