Pearl Millet is an annual plant which, on rich alluvial soil and under favourable climatic conditions, reaches a height of from six to fifteen feet. The stems are extremely leafy and the flowers are borne in dense spikes, frequently fourteen inches in length. The plant somewhat resembles corn, although it is more slender and more branching.

Pearl Millet is a native of tropical Africa, where it is as important as wheat is in America. It includes a considerable number of varieties, none of which, however, has proved suitable to the climate of Canada.