Produces uniform ears in a rainbow of colors that vary greatly from ear to ear; unwrapping each ear is a joyful surprise! Mainly used as an ornamental variety, Painted Mountain can also be eaten as hominy or ground into extremely soft flour. Short, stout plants mature two weeks before other ornamental varieties and perform quite well west of the Cascades.
“Painted Mountain is descended from over 70 Native corns rescued from Indians and homesteaders who lived in the harshest climates of the Northern Rockies and Great Plains regions of the US and Canada.” — Dave Christensen, Painted Mountain corn breeder. (Text and photo courtesy of Osborne Seed Company)
Care: Plant 4-6″ apart in rows 24″ apart in full sun and rich fertile soil. Corn is wind-pollinated and individual varieties should be planted in blocks of at least 4′ by 4′ for best ear formation..