Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' (Ornamental Millet)
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Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' (Ornamental Millet)

Ornamental Millet 'Purple Majesty', Pennisetum 'Purple Majesty'


Incredibly showy, Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' (Ornamental Millet) is a fast-growing annual grass forming a clump of strap-shaped, dark green leaves maturing to dark purple with exposure to the summer sun. In summer, the plant is embellished with stout, dark purple flower spikes, 8-12 in. long (20-30 cm), rising atop leafy dark purple stems. They give way to shiny purple seedheads that are very attractive to birds. The flower spikes can be cut and used in striking floral arrangements. Requiring very little care and providing striking color in the garden or patio, Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' is stunning as a specimen or in groups. Very easy to grow, tolerant of heat and drought, Purple Majesty is a compact, purple-leaved selection developed at the University of Nebraska.

  • 2003 All America Selections Flower Winner
  • Grows in 3-5 ft. tall (90-150 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm)
  • Performs best in full sun in lightmoderately fertile, evenly moist, well-drained soils. Tolerant of dry soils and drought.
  • Welcomed in any garden style, it is versatile and can be used as a specimen plant, in groups or en masse. It is ideal in beds and borders where it provides texture, color and contrast, great in coastal gardens, cottage gardens, city gardens and absolutely lovely in containers.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Treat as an annual and remove dead foliage and old flowered stems as plants fade.
  • Plant in spring when the frosts have passed.
  • Propagate by seed sown in containers in a warm glasshouse in spring.
  • Pennisetum glaucum is a cultivatd annual bunch grass native to Africa.

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 11
Plant Type Annuals, Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Pennisetum - Fountain Grasses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 30" – 36" (75cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 11
Plant Type Annuals, Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Pennisetum - Fountain Grasses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 30" – 36" (75cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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