Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'

Japanese blood grass

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Plant type

Tender perennial


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'

Plant details

Also known as 'Rubra', Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'  bears brilliant red spikes that fade to bright green at the base and become transluscent with age. It's perfect for growing in a mixed border, among other grasses or bold-coloured flowers. It's also suitable for growing in a container.

For the most colourful display, grow Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron' in moist, hummus-rich soil in full sun.  Plant in groups of three or five for the most dramatic effect.

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Imperata

Species: cylindrica

Cultivar: Red Baron

Plant type: Tender perennial

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 40cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

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