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Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'

Japanese blood grass (syn Imperata Red Baron )

Eventual height & spread

Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'

Japanese blood grass (syn Imperata Red Baron )

  • Available in 4 weeks
  • 9cm pot
  • £7.99
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This grass dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: slow-average
  • Flowering period: June to August
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection in cold areas)

    Blood-red spikes that fade to bright green at the base and become transluscent with age make this grass a spectacular addition to the perennial border. It takes a while to strut its stuff, but in late summer, it shines like a jewel. Imperata cylindrica is particularly effective planted with other grasses, or shown off in a container.

  • Garden care: Cut down to the ground in February. In cold areas, protect the roots by mulching with straw or well-rotted compost. If you are growing it in a container, keep it well watered.