Ornamental Corn
Zea mays 'Wampum'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zea (ZEE-uh) (Info)
Species: mays (maze) (Info)
Cultivar: Wampum
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Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Days to Maturity:

101 to 110 days

Kernel Color:

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Magenta

Red

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Coral/Apricot

Red-Orange

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Yellow

Turquoise

Light Blue

Medium Blue

Dark Blue

Blue-Violet

Violet/Lavender

Dark Purple/Black

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Brown/Bronze

White

Cream/Tan

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Halifax, Massachusetts

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jun 16, 2011, turtleheart from Wexford, PA wrote:

this is a popcorn.

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On Aug 7, 2010, maccionoadha from Halifax, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Here is a trivia fact. When cooking corn the Native peoples would add to the pot, a small portion of wood ash. The reason is culinary lye (aka potash), a mixture of water and wood ash to which corn is cooked in, removes the clear outer coating of each corn kernel (pericarp). Mixing wood ash and water together form potassium hydroxide, a natural caustic chemical, which makes hard proteins in the corn pericarp soluble. this process makes niacin and other micro-nutrients in corn digestible, which simmering dried corn in plain water does not.

Today, in place of the water-and-wood-ash brew is culinary lime, a white powder from purified, natural calcium deposits. It is mixed with water to make lime water. Hominy is dried corn simmered in lime water. I can also be called posole... read more

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On Oct 7, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A mini (4-5 inch ears) multicolor cultivar.