Pennisetum glaucum Jester
Pennisetum glaucum Jester

Pennisetum glaucum Jester

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Quick Facts
Common Name: Ornamental Millet
Hardiness Zone: 1-13S/W Exposure: Full Sun
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Blooms In: Jul-Oct
Height: 26-42" Spacing: 36"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: 1 PINT 28.86 CU IN.
Deer Resistance: Yes
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Product Details

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A spring planting brings a summer-long harvest of beauty as the chartreuse seedlings of the Ornamental Millet 'Jester' mature into 3–4ft, clustered stalks of ribbon-like, purple foliage. They are topped in early summer by 12in, purple seed spikes that are quite handsome in dried arrangements. Eye-catching and original as a temporary hedge, border accent, or key feature in containers with other annuals.

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The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.

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It is an Annual not a Perennial

Antinan from Iowa City IA

I planted it last spring and It is not coming back

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Ornamental Millet

FireRescue316 from Oshkosh, WI

We have used the Purple Baron variety for years in all our larger planters and they have thrived well mixed in with Potato Vine and Coleus varieties.
They do not seem to grow beyond 2-3' tall in our planters, but that is a perfect height for our arrangements.
Birds love the seeds so we do lose a few stalks from breakage in later season.
These are stunning in the fall as the cattail tops provide a cornstalk like look.

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Growing guide

Growing guide

Most varieties of ornamental grasses grow well in full sun and average garden soil. Keep their foliage for winter effect, cutting back all except the evergreen varieties (Festuca) before new growth emerges in the spring. Refresh Festucas by "raking" out the dried and dead leaves with gloved fingers.

Two varieties thrive in part or even full shade, expanding the possibilities for Grasses in the garden. Hakonechloa is suitable in part shade and Carex (Sedge) thrives in part to full shade. Both need soil that stays evenly moist. 

Transplant and divide in spring. Grasses that spread by rhizomes ("run" ) can be invasive and should be divided every year or so. Grasses that grow in clumps die out in the center and need dividing every few years. 

Fertilize ornamental grasses in spring with a balanced fertilizer.  We don't recommend, however, fertilizing them their first spring to allow the roots enough time to settle in before having to support their very lush top growth. 

Ornamental Grasses appear to be quite deer-resistant. Evidently the sharp-edged leaves are unpalatable.

Grasses are at home in mixed borders of perennials, bulbs, and shrubs. Consider summer and fall-blooming perennials as companions: Achillea, Rudbeckia, Helenium, Asters, Monarda, Perovskia, Phlox, and Oriental Lilies. The large Miscanthus varieties work well in the back of a border, or even as single specimens. Because most grasses are sited in the middle or back of a border and are cut back in early spring, we like to plant spring-flowering bulbs around them for color early in the year. Daffodils, Tulips, and Alliums bloom while the Grasses provide little to look at. Then the Grasses and foreground perennials sprout and camouflage the bulbs' maturing foliage.

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