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Pennisetum glaucum ‘Purple Majesty’
Pennisetum glaucum ‘Purple Majesty’
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Pennisetum glaucum ‘Purple Majesty’

Purple Ornamental Millet

USDA Zone: 10-11

Plant number: 8.300.250

An All America Gold Medal Winner for 2003. This grass is an annual but useful in borders, containers and anywhere else that a dramatic colour effect is required. The leaves start out green in spring then turn a shimmering dark mahogany purple during the summer heat, creating a substantial clump. Long bottlebrush spikes of tan to gold flowers become shiny purple seed heads in the fall — these are terrific for cutting. Wait until the spring weather warms before planting outdoors. Said to be highly drought tolerant. Best treated as an annual, starting with new plants each year.

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Pennisetum glaucum ‘Purple Majesty’

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
Care Level
Flower Colour
  Creamy Yellow
Blooming Time
  Late Summer
  Early Fall
  Mid Fall
Foliage Color
  Purple Black
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Cut Flower
  Dried Flower
  Drought Tolerant
   90-150 cm
   35-59 inches
   75-90 cm
   29-35 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate