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Imperata Cylindrica 'Rubra' (Blood Grass (Syn. Red Baron))

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Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra' (blood grass (syn. Red Baron))

Imperata Cylindrica 'Rubra' (Blood Grass (Syn. Red Baron))


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Position: full sun or partial shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Rate of growth: slow-average
Flowering period: June to August
Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection in cold areas)
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.

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