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IMPERATA cylindrica 'Red Baron'

Image of Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'

Russell Stafford

Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

IMPERATA cylindrica 'Red Baron'

Plant Common Name

Japanese Blood Grass, Red Baron Japanese Blood Grass

General Description

Japanese blood grass is an upright, clump-forming grass with green new growth that darkens to brilliant red from the leaf tip downward and turns straw-colored in dormancy. Though reported to rarely bloom, silver-white seed heads could be and sometimes are produced in the late summer. This plant's striking foliage makes it useful as an accent plant or as a backdrop for other plants, mixing well with blues and yellows. It is an easy-care plant, even tolerating heavy clay soils. Japanese blood grass is not considered to be invasive but some studies say it could revert back to its parent plant(which is invasive and doesn't have the red coloration)so it should be monitored. For more information about the invasiveness of Japanese blood grass see http://www.cogongrass.org/impcyl01.pdf

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Grass

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    White, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Green, Sienna

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes