Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron"
Japanese Blood Grass
USDA Zones 5 to 10
Hardy to -20°F (-29°C)
Full sun to part shade
Tolerates any well drained soil
Drought tolerant once established
1 to 2 feet (.30-.60 m) tall, and 12 to 18 feet (3.6-5.5 m) wide
In the spring, when this grass first emerges, the leaf has blood red tips with green at the leaf base. As the summer continues, the red color becomes deeper and slowly covers the whole leave in a brilliant flame red. The effect is quite spectacular. It is best used as scattered highlight planting, or as a mass planting.
There is little or no flower on this particular variety, which can be good and bad. While, you don't get the added attraction of a flower as with many of the ornamental grasses, you do have a grass that won't seed itself everywhere and create a problem.
The Japanese Blood Grass spreads slowly through underground rhizomes and is propagated only by division.