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Mexican Annual Teosinte

  • Z122
  • Zea mays parvaglumis. An annual teosinte species that grows wild from Nayarit to Oaxaca. This is the subspecies of teosinte that was first domesticated in the Balsas River Valley 9,000 years ago. As domesticated corn spread throughout the Mesoamerica, it received some genetic material from other teosinte subspecies such as Zea mays mexicana in Northwest Mexico.

    This wild ancestor to domesticated corn shares many of the same traits as modern corn. However, the ears are small (2-3") with only 1 row of triangular shaped seeds. Plants will produce silks and tassels, but will be bushier with many branches. Each seed is enclosed by a very hard fruitcase that protects it in the wild. Soak seeds overnight to aid in germination. Native to Mexico, wild Zea species are shortening-day plants meaning that flowering is triggered as the days shorten. Not from our Seed Bank Collection, but your purchase supports our conservation mission.

    • Approx. 3g/50 seeds per packet.
    • Not suitable for northern climates due to day-length sensitivity.
    • Limit 3 packets.
  • $5.95

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Hector GuzmanArechiga

Mexican Annual Teosinte

Devin Biggs
Fascinating Plant - Good Germination

I've grown Teosinte for the past several summers here and it has done very well. For best germination, seeds do require scarification with sandpaper before planting.

Roberto Valdez
Seed of Legend

I am appreciative that the legendary ancestral plant of maize from deep in today's Mexico is made available through your catalog for experimentation. I look forward to seeing how it behaves in my climate.

James Miller
Great history

I spent my career as a plant geneticist and love growing Teosinte, the progenitor of maize. The Teosinte is growing well and doing a fine job of tolerating our Arizona heat.

Charlie Miksicek
Madre de Maiz

If you want to see where corn came from originally, or do some corn breeding yourself, get some of this. Grows well even in the Midwest.