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Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' (Pearl millet)

Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' Photo/Illustration: Virginia Small


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Botanical Name: Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' pen-nih-SEE-tum GLOK-um Common Name: Pearl millet Synonyms: P. typhoides, P. americanum, P. spicatum 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.
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
Tolerance Deer Tolerant
Characteristics Attracts Birds; Self Seeds; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage; Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time Summer
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color Brown Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point, Suitable as Annual
Style Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Grasses

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