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Pennisetum glaucum ‘Jester’

 

Ornamental Millet

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassCommelinidaeDayflowers and spiderworts, and several others
OrderCyperalesFlowering plants including grasses
FamilyPoaceaeGrasses (but not sedges or rushes)
GenusPennisetumFrom Latin penna, “feather,” and seta, “a bristle,”: feather-bristled
Speciesglaucum“Having ‘bloom,’ a fine, whitish powder that coats the leaves of some plants”
Cultivar‘Jester’

About plant names...

This ornamental grass cultivar is not found in the wild.

Identification: With broad leaves that are green in summer and bronze-colored in the fall, and large millet heads that look a bit like small purple-black corncobs, these plants are hard to confuse with others. The millet is prized by birds. Plants are 24-36" (60-91 cm) tall, and 12-24" (30-60 cm) around.

Online References:

Pennisetum glaucum ‘Jester’ on Learn2Grow

Pennisetum glaucum ‘Jester’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Pennisetum glaucum (Ornamental Millet)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
≈ 9 × 14" (23 × 35 cm)

Pennisetum glaucum (Ornamental Millet)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
≈ 12 × 17" (29 × 44 cm)

Range: Zones 8-11:

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