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Wild rice - Minnesota's contribution to the world


September 10, 2018

Also called Indian Rice or water oats, wild rice has a common name for an annual aquatic grass. It is a member of the grass family and is not closely related to common cultivated rice.

Wild rice starts to grow in spring after the ice melts in swamps and in the swampy, shallow parts of lakes and slow moving rivers. Preferring shallow and moderate water depths, in about mid-June, it surfaces. Green leaves appear as the plant lays flat and then the plants stands up. Sudden changes in water levels can destroy beds of wild rice while the plant is lying flat.


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