Niger Plant, Niger Seed
Guizotia abyssinica

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Guizotia (gee-ZOH-tee-a) (Info)
Species: abyssinica (a-biss-IN-ee-kuh) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

South Yuba City, California

Decatur, Illinois

Lakeville, Minnesota

Saint Louis, Missouri

Pittstown, New Jersey

Bismarck, North Dakota

Portland, Oregon

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mitchell, South Dakota

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Sep 7, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:

The Niger plant and Niger-seed .. is NOT in any way associated to the 'thistle' plant or seed!

Niger is indigenous to Ethiopia where it is grown in rotation to cereals and pulses. It is a seed crop cultivated in Ethiopia, India, Myanmar, and Nepal, and is imported into the USA primarily as bird seed.

The imported seed to the USA .. is heat-treated to 'devitalize' any weed-seeds that may be present - to prevent them from germinating. Niger-seed is the only major wild bird feed ingredient imported from overseas. In 1985, the US Department of Agriculture ruled heat treatment as a condition of entry. It has been marketed as bird seed for about 40 years.

Niger is an annual dicotyledonous herb. It is traditionally harvested while the buds are still y... read more