Imperata

Basic Facts:

Flat-leafed grasses with coloured leaves in summer

Garden Use:

Good for mass-planting or as a highlight plant.

Spreads gently by underground shoots making a good sized clump.

Cultivation:

Well-drained soil and some moisture in summer is best - so dig-in plenty of compost. Cut off old foliage in late winter / early spring.

Propagation:

Divide in spring

Pests and Diseases:

No specific pests.

Imperata cyclindrica Rubra (aka Red Baron)

Japanese Blood Grass. Low growing (up to 18in / 45cm but usually less) with striking red leaves in summer. Protect crowns in very cold areas.

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