Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’
Position: full sun
Soil: moist but well-drained soil
Hardiness: needs winter protection
Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’, also known as Japanese Bloodgrass, is an unusual ornamental grass with dramatic, bright red-green leaves which appear in late spring. Japanese bloodgrass is best planted in a group to get a maximum impact from the leaves. It needs full sun for developing a good red colour.
Pruning Imperata cylindrica ( Japanese bloodgrass). Cut it down to about 10-20cm above the ground in spring, just before new growth appears.
This highly decorative grass may need winter protection in cold areas. Cover the base of the plant with a thick layer of dry winter mulch to reduce frost penetration.
When to plant Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’. In cold areas best planted in late spring. Elsewhere you can plant it from late spring to early autumn.
Divide Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’ in late spring when the soil is starting to warm up. Lift the clump and cut it into smaller pieces with a sturdy knife. Replant the divided parts and water thoroughly.
Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’ works well with a range of partners such as Salvia nemorosa, Achillea, Helenium.