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Shade Trees and Easy-Care Perennials

Garden experts offer planting information for 11 shade trees and easy-care perennials.

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Ornamental Purple Millet(7 of 12)

Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty'

Gardener's Note: Ornamental Purple Millet is prohibited in Colorado because it is invasive there. The National Park Service in California and Arizona also lists it as invasive.

  • Annual ornamental grass with deep purple foliage and seed heads resembling corn.

  • Plant in rich to average well-drained soil.

  • Plant in full sun.

  • Height: 3-5 feet.

  • Width: 1-2 feet.

Annual in all zones:

  • All Zones: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; plant in full sun; water when dry; remove plants after frost.

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