Pearl millet

Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty'

Photo/Illustration: 
Virginia Small
Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty')
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Synonyms:  P. typhoides
Genus:  Pennisetum

This cultivar of pearl millet has wide, deep purple foliage and stems. It forms a 5-foot-high specimen with tight cylindrical flowers of purple-brown seeds—a favorite of many birds. This plant makes a stunning container specimen. In the mixed border, its foliage contrasts nicely with other plants.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Striking foliage and flowers. Good cut or dried flower. Millet attracts birds.

Care: 

Grow in light, average, well-drained soil in full sun.

Propagation: 

Sow seed in early spring at 55° to 65°F.

Problems: 

Rust, eye spot, leaf spots.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Song Birds,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Brown,
Purple
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Grasses

Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty'