Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' F1 Hybrid (Ornamental Millet)

Besse Builing Courtyard Planters

Corner Border

Last year during a visit to the plant distributor Ball Colegrave, see blog entry for the 27th July 'A Visit To Ball Colegrave's Summer Showcase 2016', the team were reminded of a plant they used to grow many years ago for the displays within the gardens. That plant was Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' F1 hybrid (Ornamental Millet) and, following its reintroduction to the displays this year, has been turning heads and causing quite a stir. Numerous visitors to the gardens this summer have been enquiring as to what the tall, dark leaved plant is and being very surprised with it being an ornamental millet. Received in plug form, in the past grown from seed, the plugs were potted up in to their individual pots, grown on and then planted out in to the gardens in June. The many plants are now at the best, their young green leaves have now turned to a dark purple with a dark flower head on a tall dark stem, truly majestic!

Herbaceous Border (L)

Herbaceous Border (R)

Ornamental Millet F1 'Purple Majesty'

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