Coix lacryma | Jobi | Jobs Tears
Coix lacryma | Jobi | Jobs Tears

Coix lacryma | Jobi | Jobs Tears

Regular price$17.00
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Jobs Tears is an ornamental grass which is also known as adlay or adlay millet and has attractive wide green blades that grow upright and arch over at the ends.  The most notable features of this plant are the spikes of grain that are produced at the end of summer.  The grains swell to produce strings of seeds that are in fact used for making rosary beads as well as other jewellery.  The seeds begin as greyish green tear-shaped orbs that when they ripen turn to a rich dark mocha colour.  If harvesting the seeds for jewellery you need to take them when they are green and then leave in a nice dry spot to air dry fully.  Once the seeds have dried they change colour to an ivory, shiny pearly hue.  What a great garden plant that is multipurpose!

Believed to be one of the oldest grasses in cultivation, it was ground into flour or strung for rosaries, necklaces and teething beads and was originally offered in a seed list in 1810!

This plant will self sow in warmer climates so if you do not want this to happen, you will need to remove the seed heads.

Plants enjoy a full sun position and are tolerant of a wide range of soils so can realistically be planted anywhere!


Height 1.3m - 1.5m  x 0.5m Wide

Pot size: 1 Litre

Position: Full Sun


We have updated our shipping rates:
Depending on the number of plants you are ordering the cost of freight will vary as indicated by the shipping rates below.
  • Auckland City | $12 minimum
  • Middle North Island | $15 minimum
  • Rest of North Island | $16 minimum
  • South Island | $25 minimum
Please note... Shipping to South Island is applied as Economy by default. If you wish to upgrade your order to overnight courier, please add this to the note section of your order or get in touch with us and we will contact you with the price difference and await your confirmation.
If your order exceeds shipping rates (Shipping rates are calculated to 24kg maximum = approx. 24 x 1 Litre sized plants), please contact us for assistance at to organize shipping arrangements.
    For smaller items such as moon calendars, books, cards, stationery and other items can be sent for a lesser rate which will be automatically applied, which you will see at checkout.

    Upon checking out, the freight charged is applied based on weight and your location, including rural destinations.

    • All of our orders are dispatched using NZ Post which is a fully tracked service   
    • Our freight is calculated by weight and volume.  For plant orders, you may wish to order the maximum number of plants that will fit in a box to make freight more cost-effective or perhaps share an order with a friend
    • Plant orders will only be dispatched on Monday's and Tuesday's this will ensure that your order is not held in a depot over the weekend
    • All parcels are set at "Authority to leave" which means if you're not home at the time of delivery the courier will leave your parcel in a safe place on your property
    • Most NZ Post deliveries are a two-day service with the exception of rural and South Island delivery which may add up to two days. 


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