Job's Tears


Coix lacryma-jobi

Also known as corn beads, coix seed or tear grass, Job's Tears are a member of the grass family, and grow similarly to corn. Used for beads since at least 2,000 BCE, and recently uncovered at a western Native American historical site. Once an important source of food, most likely originating in India. Today we grow them primarily for their very hard, teardrop shaped grains that are used as beads for making jewelry and other craft projects. Job's Tears are also used in traditional Chinese medicine, where they are known as yi yi ren.

SMALL FARM GROWN by Peacemeal Farm, Goochland, VA and Butterfly Cove Botanicals, Bryson City, NC

SKU: 148-001-1-CCategories: Small Farm Grown Varieties, Vegetable Seeds

Planting Information


Seeds per Packet
Packet weight
Seeds / gram 
Seeds / oz
Planting SeasonIdeal Soil TempSunFrost Tolerance
Spring FullSensitive
Sowing MethodSeed DepthDirect Seed SpacingDays to Harvest
Direct/ Transplant½-1”6”110
Mature SpacingDays to SproutProduction CycleSeed Viability
6-12”2-3 WeeksAnnual