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Melica altissima 'Atropurpurea' (Dark purple Siberian melic)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Melica altissima 'Atropurpurea'

Other names

Dark purple Siberian melic

Genus

Melica Melica

Variety or Cultivar

'Atropurpurea' _ 'Atropurpurea' is a clump-forming herbaceous grass with arching, linear, light-green leaves. In summer, it bears dark-purple flower spikes on upright stems.


Melica altissima 'Atropurpurea' is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Spreading

Flower

Dark-purple in Summer

Foliage

Light green in Spring; Light green in Summer; Light green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Cut back in spring

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Melica altissima 'Atropurpurea' (Dark purple Siberian melic) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

City, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Containers

Cultivation

Plant in moderately fertile, moist, free-draining soil. Dislikes winter wet.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Melica altissima 'Atropurpurea'

Other names

Dark purple Siberian melic

Genus

Melica Melica

Variety or Cultivar

'Atropurpurea' _ 'Atropurpurea' is a clump-forming herbaceous grass with arching, linear, light-green leaves. In summer, it bears dark-purple flower spikes on upright stems.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Spreading


Colour

Flower

Dark-purple in Summer

Foliage

Light green in Spring; Light green in Summer; Light green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Cut back in spring

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Melica altissima 'Atropurpurea' (Dark purple Siberian melic) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

City, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Containers

Cultivation

Plant in moderately fertile, moist, free-draining soil. Dislikes winter wet.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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