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Posted by EDITOR 25 May 2010 - 11:28:00 AM

The second of the tropical plants I mentioned yesterday was this Purple Sugar Cane (Saccharum officinarum var. violaceum).

It's like a tall but even more cold-sensitive version of the Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum advena 'Rubra') that's become so popular so quickly.

Not looking at all ratty or diseased as sugar cane can even when it's not pushed to the limits of its cold tolerance. This one's clearly well-fed and watered.

It's probably too high-maintenance and impermanent to plant en masse as a background or screen. But even as a feature planting as here, starting with a couple more plants knitting into a denser clump would have worked as an even better accent. Then again, what's there should eventually fill out to a really handsome clump.

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