Pennisetum Purple Baron

Pennisetum Purple Baron

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Flower Spikes Turn Into Attractive Seed Heads in Winter
SKU 28128
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Key Characteristics

8 - 11

Mature Height

3.3 Feet

Mature Width

16 IN

Sun / Shade

Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy

Description / Pennisetum Purple Baron

Pennisetum Purple Baron is a warm-season ornamental grass, also known as millet, offering summer and fall interest. Resembling maize or corn, the plant has narrowly lanceolate burgundy foliage that emerges green, darkens to purple as it matures, and turns shades of brown in winter. Large flowerheads with feathery bristles, reminiscent of cattails, sit atop long, sturdy stalks throughout summer and fall and turn into attractive seed heads in winter, especially appealing to birds, including goldfinches and sparrows. The Pennisetum Purple Baron flower spikes make lovely cuts for fresh floral bouquets, and seed heads are good additions to dried arrangements.

More compact than 'Purple Majesty', with shorter and wider leaves and slightly darker color, Pennisetum Purple Baron has an upright habit and grows to about 3 feet tall, fitting nicely into small spaces and mixing well with lower plants. It is shown to best effect when mass planted in the landscape, but it also makes a perfect specimen plant or "thriller"—a big, bold, vertical focal point—for a thriller, filler, and spiller container, adding lovely color and texture.

As easy as it gets to grow, a perfect choice for beginners, the plant prefers full sun to dappled shade and average, normal to sandy, neutral, acid, or alkaline soil that is evenly moist and well drained. But it tolerates poor soils and dry conditions.

Product Details

Item Form 2-Quart
Genus Pennisetum
Species glaucum
Variety Purple Baron
Product Classification Grasses
Habit Upright
USDA Zone Low 8
USDA Zone High 11
Sun / Shade Full Sun, Part Shade
Bloom Color Brown, Burgundy
Bloom Season Start Mid Summer
Bloom Season End Late Fall
Foliage Color Burgundy
Resistance Heat Tolerant
Special Features Easy Care Plants
Uses Beds, Containers, Cut Flowers, Fall Color, Ornamental
Zone 8, 9, 10, 11
State Shipping Restrictions GU, HI, ID, PR, VI
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