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ZEA mays 'Tiger Cub'

Image of Zea mays 'Tiger Cub'

Carol Cloud Bailey

Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

ZEA mays 'Tiger Cub'

Plant Common Name

Ornamental Corn

General Description

This showy-leaved ornamental corn has broad, glossy, white-striped foliage on dwarf stalks. Its bold colorful leaves complement the flowers of other warm-season annuals. It can even be grown in large containers!

Sow the seed in warm soil in spring or early summer. Plants can be started indoors. Corn plants thrive in full hot sun and fertile, moist, nutrient-rich soil with good drainage. There are a number of diseases and pests that plague corn. Corn earworms are common as are nighttime raids from raccoons. The grotesque fungal disease called corn smut is another problem to watch out for.

Ornamental corn varieties such as this are ideal for sunny summer floral borders where bold, heat-resistant color is needed.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 5

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vegetable

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, North America, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Fruit Color

    White, Yellow, Light Yellow, Peach

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edible, Herb / Vegetable

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes