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Glass Gem


Gorgeous translucent, jewel-colored ears, each one unique. A stunning variety selected over many years by Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee farmer and breeder from Oklahoma. Selected from crossing several traditional corn varieties and saving seed from the vivid, translucent kernels. Size of ears range from 3-8 inches.  Height of plants depend upon water, but can reach up to 9 feet, typically 6 feet. The kernels may be ground into cornmeal or popped. Glass Gem can be harvested approx. 110-120 days after planting when the husks are dry and brown for the most intense and translucent colors. Gifted to NS/S by Bill McDorman who acquired the seed from Greg Schoen, one of Carl's students. To read the story behind this magnificent corn, check out this Native Seeds Blog post.

This beautiful variety is currently in short supply.  As a result, it is currently available to members only*. The good news is that by becoming a member of Native Seeds/SEARCH and choosing to purchase Glass Gem seeds through NS/S, you are helping to conserve more than 1800 rare and amazing collections of seeds in our seed bank.   Learn more and become a member to support and participate in this important conservation work.



Approx. 9g packet/50 seeds.  For those interested in saving seeds we recommend growing at least 200 plants.  All photos shown here are copyrighted by Greg Schoen and used with permission.

*We are hoping for a successful harvest in late autumn to increase supply and remove this restriction.


This variety is in low supply and we are currently able to make it available only to Native Seeds/SEARCH members (with a two packet limit) and through the Native American Free Seed Program. Members, please enter your membership discount code below to unlock this product. Your membership support enables us to continue making this diversity available!


type: Seeds vendor: NS/S