Tall, dark and handsome describes this purple-leaved millet. Young plants are green-leaved, but as they mature exposure to direct sunlight stimulates development of purple leaf color. Mature leaves are long and slender, with a red midrib.
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 in floral arrangements, or left on the plant to attract birds that feed on the seeds.
'Purple Majesty' is very easy to grow and is very tolerant of heat and low moisture. The plant is tropical in origin and likes warmth. The sunny location is important because sunlight strengthens the purple color, which appears after a three-week juvenile phase. Zone 8-10.