Striking ornamental millet.Add architecture and color to floral arrangements or containers. Deep purple foliage, stems, and cattail-like spikes. 1–3 main stems and 12–14" secondary plumes. Suited to 4" pots up to gallon containers. Also known as pearl millet. FleuroSelect Gold Award Winner. AAS winner.
Ht. 36–60". Avg. 3,400 seeds/oz. Packet: 10 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-14 days at 65-70°F (18-21°C).
SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Sow seeds in individual containers 6-8 weeks before the last frost date. Cover seed 1/8". Thin to 1 seedling per pot when the first true leaves appear. Transplant outside after the last frost. Do not allow the plant to become root bound. Direct seed: Direct seed after the last frost.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun. More sunlight will product deeper purple foliage.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Average soil. Tolerant of heat and moisture.
PLANT SPACING: 12".
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
HARVEST: Fresh or dried: Harvest when the spikes are fully developed, but just before pollen shed.
USES: Excellent fresh cut flower or dried. Borders, mass plantings, containers, or as a striking backdrop.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pennisetum glaucum