June 2002              




Wild Rice – Zizania aquatica

Origin – North America


I'm actually going to use this desirable aquatic grass as starting point to get into the subject of water gardening. Wild Rice is works growing in natural bottom ponds. It produces edible rice and if not harvested, will provide a free meal for many fish and waterfowl. Growing up to eight feet high, Wild Rice has broad, flat leaves and reedy stems. This hardy bog plant is an annual that will re-seed itself.

 And if you are interested in trying Wild Rice and are considering a water garden or container pond, here are some tips to get started.