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RE: Job's tears

I've not personally done that, Melody, but I do remember other seed pods as
a child that were strung together to fashion jewelry (not to mention, the
kindergarten favorite Pasta, as a safe form of jewelry for toddlers to
wear.)  I also remember getting a necklace or two as a pre-teen warning the
seeds that were strung together were highly toxic and a small amount could
be fatal.  If memory serves, we either used a darner or a yarn needle to
pierce the seeds and to string them at the same time.  

Let me know how your venture turns, out Melody.  It sounds like fun!!!

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5) Who is running on 3 1/2 hours sleep thanks to a
large number of hungry little puppies!

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Kitty
Sent: Wednesday, September 08, 2004 9:12 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Job's tears

We've had it in the display gardens, but I'm pretty sure it is tender

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, September 08, 2004 5:54 AM
Subject: [CHAT] Job's tears

> At a family reunion this summer I was introduced to a plant called Job's
> tears. Some research reveals this to be Coix lacryma-jobi, a plant known
> since at least 2000 b.c. to be both a source for food and for decorative
> beads. It's an annual grass that self seeds readily, which produces
> these beautiful little shiny grey seed pods which are easily punctured
> and strung like beads. They are often used to make rosaries and in fact
> this is how they are known in my husband's family. His great great
> grandmother grew this plant and made rosaries out of the seed pods. So I
> grabbed a bag full of the dried seeds and am giving this a try. Anybody
> on the list ever worked with these? Also grabbed a separate bag full of
> to plant in spring so I can have my own ornamental Job's Tears grass.
> Anybody ever grown this? TIA for any help.
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> --Albert Einstein
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