Broom corn is a tall annual grass that looks like a corn plant, except that it makes fan-shaped seed heads instead of ears. The seeds mature in the autumn in shades of red, black, amber and brown. The birds love them!
Broomcorn has a multitude of uses. The edible seeds can be sprouted, cooked, popped, or ground into flour. The strong stems can be used as stakes or made into wattle fences. The straw can be made into brooms. But more commonly, the colorful seed heads are used in dried flower arrangements. Easy to grow in full sun.
Sowing Broomcorn Seeds:
Sow outdoors after the last frost date, 1/4" deep. Thin to 8" apart. Full sun.