Candy Striped Corn - Zea mays japonica
This spectacular heirloom corn is one gorgeous plant. A rare Japanese strain with candy-striped leaves and burgundy kernels, its shiny foliage is ribbons of pink, green, and white, absolutely striking in a container or the back of a mixed border. The flashy plants look tropical, right at home with gingers.
Japonica does produce corn, deep burgundy red cobs that make fabulous popcorn. This is a gorgeous plant from seeding to harvest. It's as easy to grow as any corn, but you don't need a farm to enjoy the lovely foliage. Grow some in a pot on the patio and enjoy it up close.
Sow seeds 1/2 inch deep, soil temperatures should be 70 degrees or warmer for best results.
Keep soil moist, but not soaking wet.