Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'

Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'

Japanese blood grass

Key Information

  • Botanical name: Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'
  • Common name: Japanese blood grass
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 40cm

Spread: 30cm

Foliage colour:
  • Bronze
  • Features: Dramatic foliage

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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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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