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PlantFiles: 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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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Light Blue
Medium Blue
Dark Blue
Dark Purple/Black
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

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

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

this is a popcorn.

Positive maccionoadha 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 or nixtamal. Nixtamal is also the name of the cooking process.

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

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


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

Halifax, Massachusetts

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