Hardly As High As An Elephant’s Eye

Alert “06880” reader Wendy Crowther loves Baron’s South. While walking this summer she noticed a few interesting plants growing in an odd spot, just behind the walled main entrance.

They were grouped tightly together in a 1-foot-square patch. She was fairly sure she knew what they were, but could not believe they’d appear there.

Her suspicions grew stronger when tassels sprouted from their tops. Wendy thinks they’re corn stalks.

Corn stalks

But why?

Many years ago, Wendy tried to grow corn in her garden. She needed at least 4 rows of plants, because corn requires cross-pollination: wind blowing the pollen from the male tassels onto the female silk.

So, she says, the Baron’s South corn won’t produce a single ear.

Wendy also says the stalks are small for corn. They should have been knee high by the 4th of July.  They’re still only shoulder height.

Wendy asks: “Did someone plant these as a goof? Did a squirrel raid a backyard barbecue and make off with a few kernels to bury for winter? Are they corn look-alikes – a houseplant gone rogue?”

She thinks that “06880” readers will have the answer.

Or at least, some corny guesses.

5 responses to “Hardly As High As An Elephant’s Eye

  1. I have seen this plant as well as I walk with Dunkin Doodle. I also have one growing in the middle of my garden just up the street from Barons South. Looks like corn, but the “silk “is too thick. The seed must have been dropped by a passing bird!

  2. i think it’s milo (grain sorghum)…when you travel with a bluegrass band in
    Tennessee/Kentucky, there’s fields of it on either side of the road…

  3. Wendy doesn’t miss a thing. She recently noticed this other crazy plant growing in Barons South that she determined to be Jimson Weed – it’s in the Nightshade family so it only blooms at night. It also will put you into a coma if you eat a little too much.

  4. Jo Ann Davidson

    I hope the Parks and Rec Dept will let the meadows grow all the wildflowers they used to have, instead of a mowed “lawn”. Monarch butterflies need milkweed to eat and grow on, and there is not much left after farmers and highway depts apply weedkillers. Daisies, blackeyed susans, butterfly weed, jimson weed, milo, corn….

  5. its not jimson weed and it is not corn. It is probably sorghum.