Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’

Japanese blood grass

  • Botanical name: Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'
  • Common name: Japanese blood grass
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
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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, humus-rich soil in full sun.  Plant in groups of three or five for the most dramatic effect.

How to grow Imperata 'Red Baron'

  • Plant size

    40cm height

    30cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

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Do not Divide in January

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Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Imperata 'Red Baron' and wildlife

Imperata 'Red Baron' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Imperata 'Red Baron' poisonous?

Imperata 'Red Baron' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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