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Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'
Common Name: Japanese Blood Grass Family: Poaceae (The Grass Family)

Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'
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This dramatic grass has brightly coloured foliage that is green at the bases and bright red over most of the rest of the leaf blade. A slowly spreading grass it likes full sun and average to moist soils. Japanese Blood Grass is a warm season grass so it won't start growing vigorously until mid to late spring. Until then it will look like it barely survived the winter and you'll wonder if you should dig it out. Have patience. It will be spectacular soon enough.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Asia - China and Japan
Native Habitat:
Widespread outside of its native range in swamps, floodplains, dry scrubs, and sand dunes, as well as the sandhills, roadsides, pastures, utility rights-of-way, and mined lands where it is most commonly observed.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourGreen 
TypeGrass  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height12-24'  Bloom TimeSummer 
Spread12-24'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureSun  Foliage ColourBurgundy/Red/Purple 
Soil MoistureAverage Moist  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone6-9  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Lobelia cardinalis "'Elm Fire'"
Cornus sericea (stolonifera) "'Sunshine'"

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