Plant in full sun. A tall, stately water plant. Feathery plumes appear in mid-summer and continue throughout the autumn, giving a very exotic appearance to the pond. The plant is easy to grow and is best contained in a large planting basket to form a stunning clump up to 2 metres in height. Zizania can be grown in water up to a metre deep. Wild rice has long been a staple food for North American Indians, as well as being favoured by small rodents and deer.