Pearl millet Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' Photo/Illustration: Virginia Small Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty') pen-nih-SEE-tum GLOK-um 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'View the discussion thread.