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Foxtail Setaria italica

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Beautiful grain, great for bouquets, birds love to eat it.

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The Foxtail Setaria italica is a beautiful grain, great for bouquets, birds love to eat it.

Foxtail Setaria italica

Foxtail millet (botanic name Setaria italica, synonym Panicum italicum L.) is the second-most widely planted species of millet, and the most important in East Asia. It has the longest history of cultivation among the millets, having been grown in India since antiquity. According to some sources it was also grown in China from sixth millennium BC. Other names for the species include dwarf setaria, foxtail bristle-grass, giant setaria, green foxtail, Italian millet, German millet, and Hungarian millet.

Foxtail millet is an annual grass with slim, vertical, leafy stems which can reach a height of 120–200 cm.

The seed head is a dense, hairy panicle 5–30 cm (2.0–11.8 in) long.

The small seeds, around 2 mm (less than 1/8 in.) in diameter, are encased in a thin, papery hull which is easily removed in threshing. Seed color varies greatly between varieties.

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