Zizania palustris

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Zizania palustris, Linn. (Z. aquatica, of Auth., not Linn.) Indian Rice. Water Oats. Water Rice. Wild Rice. Fig. 4053. Annual: culms tall, as much as 9 ft.: lvs. broad and flat.—Recommended for borders of lakes and ponds. The grain is excellent for fish and waterfowl. Wild rice lakes and ponds are favorite resorts of sportsmen in the fall. Before sowing, put the seed in coarse cotton bags and sink them in water for 24 hours. Sow in water from 6 in. to 5 ft. deep, with soft mud bottom, or on low marshy places which are covered with water the year round. In running water, sow as much out of the current as possible. Sportsmen are not generally aware that seed can be obtained in large quantities and at a reasonable price from seedsmen. Wild rice is very desirable for aquatic gardens, being one of the handsomest of tall hardy grasses for the margins of ponds. C.L.A. 16:40. G. 24:21. Gn. 71, p. 191. See U. S. Dept. Agric. Bur. Pl. Ind. Bull. No. 50, Wild Rice: Its Uses and Propagation; also Recreation 32:149.

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