Sorghum bicolor

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 Sorghum bicolor subsp. var.  Great millet, Sorghum
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Habit: grass
Height: to
Width: to
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Height: 10 ft to 20 ft
Width: 2 ft to 3 ft
Lifespan: perennial, annual
Bloom: early summer, mid summer, late summer
Exposure: sun
Features: flowers, edible, drought tolerant
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USDA Zones: 9 to 12
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Flower features:
Poaceae > Sorghum bicolor var. ,

Sorghum bicolor (Sorghum japonicum), commonly called sorghum, is a plant species in the grass family Poaceae. It is the primary Sorghum species cultivated for grain for human consumption and for animal feed. It can be popped in a similar fashion to popcorn. The species originated in northern Africa and can grow in arid soils and withstand prolonged droughts.[1]

It has four features which make it one of the most drought resistant crops of all: it has a very large root-to-leaf surface area; in times of drought it will roll its leaves to lessen water-loss by transpiration; if drought continues it will go into dormancy rather than dying; its leaves are protected by a waxy cuticle.

S. bicolor is typically an annual, but some cultivars are perennial. It grows in clumps which may reach over 4 meters high. The grain is small reaching about 3 to 4 mm in diameter. Sweet sorghums are sorghum cultivars that are primarily grown for foliage; they are shorter than those grown for grain.[1]



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  1. 1.0 1.1 FAO. Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench

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