Imperata Red Baron (Japanese Blood Grass)
One of our most eye catching and colourful grasses, stunning blood-red new growth matures and fades to bright green at the base which highlights the red tips even further. Later in the season the leaves becomes translucent making for a very interesting and ever changing grass that really comes into its own later in the season, standing out from the crowd in any situation.
Imperata Red Baron makes a stunning addition to beds and borders, they look great closer to the edge of a water feature and its bright colours will lift any flower bed. They combine very well with other more reserved grasses as well as darker leaved perennials such as Heuchera. They also look great in containers.
Grow in sun or partial shade, any well drained soil.
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Imperata Red Baron is a deciduous grass, the old foliage should be left over the Winter as this will protect the crown of the plant from inclement weather conditions and will still provide structure and interest, especially on frosty days. Cut them back close to the ground in February or March before the new foliage emerges. The cut stems and foliage is useful as a natural mulch or may be composted.
How to grow Imperata Red Baron
Position: Sun or partial shade.
Foliage: Deciduous grass, foliage turns to yellow and then brown in Winter, fresh new foliage emerges in Spring.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil.
Flowering time: Summer
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: up to 40cm x 30cm
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Cut to ground level in early Spring.