Corn may seem like a haphazard mishmash of kernels thrown onto a cob, but it is actually a highly ordered plant. An ear of corn is actually an inflorescence, or immature part of the plant, that produces nearly 1000 female flowers. The flowers are the kernels that you eat and they are always arranged in an even number of rows. This number of rows can vary from 8 to 22 rows of kernels. There is never an odd number of rows of kernels on a cob of corn.