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All-America Selections Winners 2003

Ornamental Millet ‘Purple Majesty’

AAS Gold Award Winner

“Tall, dark and handsome” describes this purple-leaved millet also know as a Pennisetum.  Capable of growing 3 to 5 feet  tall, the plants are embellished with 8- to 12-inch flower spikes.  The immature spikes can be cut and used dramatically in floral arrangements.  Left on the plant, the millet seed spike attracts birds that snack on the seed.  ‘Purple Majesty’ is very tolerant of heat and low moisture.  The purple leaf blades and spike are distinctly different from other ornamentals.

Rudbeckia Hirta ‘Prairie Sun’

This robust Rudbeckia has distinctive blooms.  The light green central cone blends beautifully with the golden-yellow petals, which are tipped primrose yellow.  The 5- inch blooms are branching plants that mature at about 3 feet tall making a strong statement in any full-sun garden.  Easy to grow and maintain, ‘Prairie Sun’ is a memorable plant in any perennial, annual or cut flower garden.  Flower stems are sufficiently long a for quality cut flowers.  ‘Prairie Sun’ flowers become a forceful focal point in any large container.

The single, daisy flowers are a unique combination of gold and primrose yellow.  ‘Prairie Sun’ is the first Rudbeckia with this pattern and a lime green central cone.  Slightly later to flower than the old-fashioned ‘Irish Eyes,’ ‘Prairie Sun’ flowers prolifically from mid-summer until the plant is killed by freezing temperatures.  The variety is distinctive from a distance due to the lighter pastel flower colours.  ‘Prairie Sun’ offers all of the fine Rudbeckia qualities such as tall plants easily grown with little pest damage.  ‘Prairie Sun’ is best grown as an annual.
‘Prairie Sun’ will perform best in a full-sun garden location or may be grown in a large container as a focal point.  Blossoms can be used as fresh cut flowers with long, strong stems.  ‘Prairie Sun’ fill the garden with sunny, daisy flowers well into the Autumn.

Genus species:            Rudbeckia hirta
Common name:            Black-Eyed Susan
Floret size: 
4 inches to 5 inches
Form: Single
Colour(s): Golden petals with primrose tips & green eye
Plant height:
36 inches
Width: 20 inches
Foliage colour:            Green
Garden spacing:            15 inches to 20 inches apart
Length of time from sowing seed to flower:  15 weeks
Closest comparison's) on market:  ‘Irish Eyes,’ ‘Indian Summer’

‘Purple Majesty’ commands attention in any container or landscape due to its stature.  From three to five feet tall when mature, these purple-leaved plants are easy to grow in almost any soil as long as it is warm.  Another desirable trait is the flower spike appears golden, ladened with pollen then changes to shiny purple when the seed matures.  The immature spike can be cut and used for floral arrangements whereas the seed spike can be used as bird food or outdoor decorations.  Birds find millet seed irrestible.
Plants can easily be grown from seed but leaves will be green indoors.  Direct sunlight induces the leaves to turn purple.  If the plants growth is checked indoors, the mature plant height will be reduced.  Gardeners should be patient, waiting until warm soil and warm growing conditions exist outdoors before planting ‘Purple Majesty’ in a sunny garden.

Spike size:
1 inch to 2 inches wide and 10 inches to 12 inches long
Colour(s):
Purple spike with purple seeds
Plant height:
3 feet to 5 feet
Width: 2 feet
Foliage colour(s):            Purple leaf blades, red midrib
Garden spacing: 
2 feet apart
Length of time from sowing seed to flower:  60 to 70 days

Closest comparison's) on market:  Millet ‘HGM 100’

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