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Cenchrus purpurascens 'Purple Lea'

Family Name: Poaceae (Gramineae)
Synonyms: Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Purple Lea'
Ornamental Flowers Dry Soils / Drought Grass & Grass-like Plant


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Grass & Grass-like Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Fountain (Palm-like)
Maximum Height 0.8 m to 0.9 m
Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width 0.8 m to 0.9 m

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Clump-forming, perennial grass up to 0.9 m tall.
Foliage The narrow, linear leaves are flexible, gracefully bending backwards to form the grass's overall fountain-like shape.
Flowers The inflorescence is a purple, cylindrical plume.
Cultivation This cultivar can grow on a variety of soils from sandy to heavy clay soils. It requires 8-13 weeks to become established, becoming tolerant of drought and waterlogging after that point. It grows best when fed with a slow-release fertiliser and mulched (larger pieces of mulch are better).

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Dry Soils / Drought, Waterlogged Soils

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Master ID 31110
Species ID 5501
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.