Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrica )-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Ornamental Grass

Japanese Blood Grass
Imperata cylindrica

Japanese Bloodgrass <em>Imperata cylindrical var. koenigii</em>
Japanese Bloodgrass Imperata cylindrical var. koenigii

Upright grass with leaves emerging bright green with red tips in the spring changing to blood red by fall. Rarely flowers.

This grass is a clump forming warm season grass.

Prefers a sun to light shade site in moist to wet soils. Once established it is more drought tolerant. In shade the color is less intense. 
'Red Barron' 1-2' 
Mature Height
1-2 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone
5 - 9 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

No siginificant pest problems.

Additional Notes

'Red Barron' will occasionally revert back to the green form which can then become invaisive. Remove the green types before they get established.

Twenty five states have prohibited the planting of Japanese Blood Grass. Check with local Department of Agriculture concerning any restrictions before planting.


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Home, Yard & Garden Pest Guide
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