MELICA ALTISSIMA ATROPURPUREA
Very handsome and valuable showpiece specimen. From a clump of broad green leaves which age to bronze, arise many thin stems from which dangle fascinating terminal deep purple flaky seed cases.
Sow at any time, in a well-lit position, into a good, soil-based compost. Cover seeds thinly and keep moist at around 15 degrees C or 60 degrees F. Some New Zealand species can be very slow indeed and may need cooler temperatures before they will come up. Grass seedlings should be potted on and grown on singly, or in clumps for more rapid establishment of a large specimen.
Common name:Dark purple Siberian melic