Wild Rice – Azizania Aquatica
All about Wild Rice
Wild Rice is a plant that grows naturally in marshes or other freshwater areas, though it does not like water that is completely still or could become stagnant. Most wild rice grows in ponds, or in areas of water outside of a river or other body of water. It performs best in water six to eighteen inches deep. The seeds should be scattered thickly, with up to forty pounds of rice seeds per acre. The thicker the seeds are laid in in the first planting, the more wild rice stalks will grow. The plant is an annual, but due to the way its seeds work, it will reseed itself easily. Many birdwatchers plant wild rice because it attracts Geese and other waterfowl. Since the plant reseeds itself, it's an easy, one-time investment. However, since the birds are attracted to the wild rice seeds, it's important to time planting them after the spring migrations, so that the geese and other fowl don't eat your plants before they can even grow. If the wild rice cannot be planted in the spring, you can also plant in late fall, also after migration, and once the water you're looking to plant your wild rice in has cooled down enough that the seeds won't be tempted to germinate early.
Wild rice plants will reach a height of about five to eight feet tall once fully grown. The first six weeks of their growing period take place underwater, and for those first few weeks it will not stand up straight, but instead, be supported by the water. Once that time is over, it will begin to stand up and grow vertically, providing shelter as well as food to the waterfowl native to the area. Wild rice grains will fall to the bottom of the water and reseed themselves, growing into new stalks for the spring or fall.
Wild rice is more so used as a decorative plant. This grass will do very well in moist soils. This grass grows anywhere from 3 or more feet each year.