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botanical name:
Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'
Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Japanese Blood Grass
synonyms:  Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron', Imperata cylindrica var. rubra 'Red Baron', Imperata cylindrica var. koenigii
family:  Poaceae
characteristics: grass
height: 0.40m
width: 0.30m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: erect
leaf colour: red & green
flower colour: white
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -12°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
description:
Slowly spreading deciduous perennial grass, forms loose clumps of erect mid-green leaves, turning blood-red from the tips. May produce narrow, fluffy silvery-white flowering spikes in late summer, but rarely flowers.

cultivation:
Moist but well-drained, humus rich soil in full sun or light dappled shade. Best colour in sun. Non-invasive.
Cut back hard in late winter or early spring.

propagation:
By division in spring.

usage:
Borders, gravel gardens, containers

other notes:
Almost certainly the same plant as Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron' and widely sold under that name. However some authorities list them as separate cultivars, with 'Rubra' having burgundy-red shading while 'Red Baron is more distinctly bright red and green at the base.

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