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Zea mays 'Saccharata Group'
common name: Maize, Sweetcorn
synonyms: Zea mays ssp. mays 'Saccharata Group', Zea mays var. saccharata
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 11
Hybrid form of maize that produces edible seed cobs which are sugary and sweet tasting, rather than starchy.
Sturdy, erect, annual grass with large, arching, lance shaped leaves up to 90cm long. In midsummer, produces male flowers in terminal spikes while the females are enclosed within spathe bracts and later develop into the well-known "cobs" of yellow seeds.
There are a number of named varieties, some of which are used as garden ornamentals.
Fertile, moist, well drained soil in full sun. The seeds are wind pollinated and plants are better grown in blocks rather than narrow rows.
From seed in late winter or early spring.
A staple and popular food crop widely cultivated around the world. Best flavour is from very freshly picked crops.