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Sorghum bicolor

Previously known as:

  • Hyparrhenia dichroa
Description

Sorghum is a crop grass native to Africa in the Poaceae (grass) family.  It grows all over the world and is known for its ability to grow in dought laden poor soils.   They prefer highly fertile moist soils with good drainage, however.  

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#drought tolerant#edible plant#weedy#fast growing#wind pollinated#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#drought tolerant#edible plant#weedy#fast growing#wind pollinated#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sorghum
    Species:
    bicolor
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    The grain can be used to make ethanol.
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Africa
    Wildlife Value:
    Birds and small mamals are attracted to the seeds.
    Edibility:
    A grain that is used for human and livestock. It can be cooked like rice. It can also be ground into a flour.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Edible
    Ornamental Grasses and Sedges
    Vegetable
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Very Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Fruit Description:
    Edible seeds ripen from September-October and vary in color from white through shades of red and brown to pale yellow to deep purple-brown.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Wind pollinated flowers appear from August to October
  • Leaves:
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Problems:
    Weedy