Hardiness: USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Dark Purple/Black
Bloom Time: Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Foliage: Grown for foliage Dark/Black
Other details: May be a noxious weed or invasive This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings Flowers are good for cutting Flowers are good for drying and preserving
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
This plant for me goes two ways: (1) bold and dramatic and best if used sparingly or (2) bold and dramatic and best if used not at all.
In a large planting at the back of a border this plant looks good if allowed to not take center spotlight. One plant would look rather ridiculous, so several together do suffice. Plant among red and orange dahlias, Verbena bonariensis, artemisias, Zinnia 'Envy' and yellow lantana.
Plant can have a cottagey, country, or similar effect. Does not always fit in every garden or landscape. I guess reminds too much of a row crop (monoculture) when I see it - so not all that attractive.
Growth is responsive even in fair soil: additional water and fertilizer help yield excellent results. Full sun dictates depth and richness of color.
On Jan 15, 2010, Jnette from Northeast, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I love this plant. It is not a perennial in my area but I have grown it in containers for my deck for the last 2 years. I have rose colored petunias on the railing above hanging down through out the foliage of this plant and the 2 together are just beautiful. Others like yellow etc. would also look nice.
This plant is a delight in the garden. I start them early to allow better placement and protection of young seedlings in the garden since they can be fussy to germinate. I have a number of slightly different ecosystems in my yard and have placed plants in all of them, including containers. The only ones that turn out any less than stunning are those in lower light settings. I have also noticed that the ones in a windy locale will get some browning of the leaf edges, even with plenty of water. This year I am saving seed, we'll see.
On Sep 12, 2009, grrrlgeek from Grayslake, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
Grew easily from seed, they started out green with purple ribs and turned purple as they got taller. Tough as nails--mine stay upright regardless of wind, and one that got broken off at the base with a couple of tiny roots is doing fine with extra soil mounded around it to keep it upright. Too bad it doesn't come true from seed, but worth the yearly seed purchase.
I grew purple majesty last summer for the first time in the middle of my vegetable garden. My intent was to harvest the seed heads for dried arrangements. I was surprised that it served as a very effective trap plant for squash bugs. Very few squash bugs bothered my squash but were all over the millet. Will try it again this year.
On Mar 16, 2009, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:
I grew this as a bedding plant in a container in 2007. It was quite easy to look after and did nicely on a sunny patio. The only problem I had was that the foliage tips would dry out and turn brown. It would probably benefit from some shelter from drying winds.
On Aug 3, 2007, MarilynneS from Thunder Bay Ontario Canada (Zone 3a) wrote:
I bought two plants this summer to place in a garden that is filled with cannas, rudbeckias and marigolds. It was awesome to say the very least .. tall slender plant with a gorgeous burgundy spike. I am zone 3a.
On Jan 28, 2007, ladyschweig from Culpeper, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
Bought two plants for my "bird garden." Not only did they grow almost as tall as the shephard hooks holding my feeders, the birds loved these plants! While I enjoyed having a tall, dark plant element the birds had loads of fun landing on the plants, eating from them, and "riding" them when too many birds hopped on at once.
I will plant again. Purple Majesty proved too fun not to!
On Jul 30, 2004, Portlander from Portland, OR wrote:
Just planted two gallon-sized 'Purple Majesty' plants. I used plenty of good soil and have kept moist, but one plant is turning brown fast. I hope Portland's hot summer sun and the shock of transplant is all that is wrong.
On Jul 6, 2004, Commonsense from Rock Hill, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:
This is an amazing plant! I grew it for the first time this year. Germination indoors was spotty, but I got about ten plants from the packet of seeds, and they are WELL worth growing. They provide a vertical purple-black element in the garden that is invaluable. Their seed heads are frankly and magnificently sexual. I anticipate the birds will enjoy them, too.
On Sep 15, 2003, cblunkjr from Clatskanie, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:
May be wise to stake this plant in high wind areas.
It is lovely and makes want to run your hands up the bloom for the soft fuzzy feeling.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Salem, Alabama Fallbrook, California Los Angeles, California Menifee, California San Anselmo, California San Leandro, California Dayville, Connecticut Inverness, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Safety Harbor, Florida West Vero Corridor, Florida Zephyrhills, Florida Rincon, Georgia Gages Lake, Illinois Jacksonville, Illinois Galena, Indiana Barbourville, Kentucky Ewing, Kentucky Kenton Vale, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky Opelousas, Louisiana Feeding Hills, Massachusetts Mathiston, Mississippi Hillsboro, Missouri Blair, Nebraska Hamilton, New Jersey Ramblewood, New Jersey Totowa, New Jersey Clovis, New Mexico Roswell, New Mexico Waverly, New York West Kill, New York Columbia Station, Ohio Enid, Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Clatskanie, Oregon Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania East Sumter, South Carolina Watertown, South Dakota Middleton, Tennessee Austin, Texas Elgin, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Paradise, Texas Plano, Texas Princeton, Texas Snook, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas Salt Lake City, Utah Brandy Station, Virginia Okanogan, Washington Olympia, Washington Liberty, West Virginia