Melica altissima 'Atropurpurea'
A charming grass cultivated for its dark almost black shiny spikelets that fade to a pale purple in autumn.
The leaves are long, mid green and soft whilst the flower stems are wiry but erect.
The Melica genus is large growing in most temperate areas of the world. They are very adaptable to soil and aspect growing in cracks and crevices through to light woodland.
This adaptability comes with a tendency to seed itself freely but unwanted seedlings are easily removed.
Aside from that it's a trouble free addition to the garden and looks wonderful amongst marigolds and cornflowers.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Hardy perennial grass (D)
Moist, well drained
Full sun, partial shade
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