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Extremely tolerant of heat, Ornamental Millet thrives along fences, foundations or driveways, as well as in borders. It is also terrific in containers, where it lends a tropical look to patios or decks. Combine with yellow, green, pink or white flowers for maximum impact. If started indoors the young plants will be green, but will begin to color within a few days of being placed in the sun.
Jester is an ever changing plant, young leaves are colored chartreuse, tinged with burgundy. As the leaves mature, the burgundy color intensifies, particularly in full sun. By the end of the season, when the flower spikes develop, the leaves become a striking bronze-purple color. Compared to Purple Majesty, plants are shorter (about 3-4 feet tall), more basil-branching, leaves are wider, and blooms appear 7-10 days later.
Growing 4-5 feet tall with deep purple stalks, leaves and flowers, Purple Majesty is absolutely stunning. An All-America Selections Winner.
Sow seeds in individual 2-4 inch containers, 2-3 seeds per pot, and cover with ½ inch of soil. Kept at 72-78°F., germination is in 3-10 days. Can direct sow into prepared seed beds, after the soil has warmed, and all danger of frost has passed. Thin to 12 inches apart.