Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'

Japanese blood grass

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Plant type

Hardy perennial


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'

Plant details

Also known as 'Red Baron', Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'  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 'Rubra' 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: Rubra

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Foliage colour: Bronze

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 40cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: April to June

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