Ideal when planted in large groups or unique on its own in large containers or borders.
Pennisetum glaucom 'Purple Baron'
Ornamental Millet or Pearl Millet
Tips for Homeowners:
Evenly moist soils are preferred in well-drained areas and feed every 2-4 weeks with a high nitrogen fertilizer. Removing seed heads as they mature will encourage more blooms all season, or leave them for the birds to enjoy.
Rate this Plant:
Unique and everchanging foliage colors beginning with green and maturing to burgundy. Bronze-purple flower spikes appear mid-summer.
- Wide green blades mature to deep burgundy
- Color and texture for the garden or container
- Seeds attract birds
Interesting Notes about Ornamental Millet:
Ornamental millet grass is the result of a breeding program to expand the use of the original cereal grain crop. This grass has no agricultural value, but has made quite a name for itself in the home landscape industry. The cattail-like plumes and the wide leaves can vary in color and create a great contrast with other plants in the garden or landscape. As the spikes mature the seeds provide nourishment for birds or they can be used in flower arrangements.
Characteristics & Attributes
- Border or Bed
- Dried Flower/Foliage
- Low Maintenance
- Heat Tolerant
- Mass Planting
- Fast Growing
- Great Foliage
- Cut Flower/ Foliage
- Fall Color
- Ornamental Grass
- Almost Black
- Full Sun
- Attracts Songbirds
Season of Interest (Flowering):
Season of Interest (Foliage):
- Moist, Well-Drained