Blood Grass (syn. Red Baron)

Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'

Blood Grass (syn. Red Baron) - Imperata cylindrica  'Rubra'

Common Name: Blood Grass (syn. Red Baron)
Genus: Imperata
Species: cylindrica
Cultivar: 'Rubra'

Category: Grasses & Bamboos
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 0.40 m (40 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi Evergreen
Foliage Colour: Green, RedFlowering Period: June to August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Blood-red spikes that fade to bright green at the base and become transluscent with age make this grass a spectacular addition to the perennial border. It takes a while to strut its stuff but in late summer it shines like a jewel. Imperata cylindrica is particularly effective planted with other grasses or shown off in a container.

  • Garden care: Cut down to the ground in February. In cold areas protect the roots by mulching with straw or well-rotted compost. If you are growing it in a container keep it well watered.