Alphabetical Plant Listing

Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron' (Japanese Blood Grass)

Japanese Blood Grass 'Red Baron', Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra', Cogon Grass 'Red Baron', Imperata cylindrica var. Koenigii


Striking and eye-catching with its brilliant crimson leaves, Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron' is a very distinctive ornamental grass. It produces upright, bright green blades whose upper half turns cranberry-red in summer and deepens to burgundy until late fall before it goes dormant in winter. Narrow panicles of silvery-white spikelets appear occasionally in late summer but the main charm of this grass is its brazen foliage. Valuable for its stunning appeal, this highly decorative grass is one of the most beautiful ornamental grasses for the garden, where it provides a lovely contrast with other plants.

  • Growing easily in a dense clump about 12-18 in. tall (30-45 cm) and across, this perennial grass spreads by shallow moving rhizomes. It enjoys full sun or part shade and thrives in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Best foliage color is obtained in full sun. Drought tolerant, once established.
  • This is a graceful accent plant for beds, borders, rock gardens, as edging plant or massed as a groundcover. Does well in containers too where it adds wonderful character and texture to your plant combinations.
  • Deer resistant, it requires very little care. Protect the roots with mulch in cool winter areas. Remove dead foliage and old flowered stems in spring.

Buy Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron' (Japanese Blood Grass)

Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 3 – 9
Climate Zones 2B, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Modern Garden, Prairie and Meadow

Buy Plants


Picture is courtesy of Botanik Foto

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 3 – 9
Climate Zones 2B, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Modern Garden, Prairie and Meadow

Plant Calculator

How many Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron' (Japanese Blood Grass) do I need for my garden?

%
ft
ft

Your Shopping List

Plant Quantity
Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron' (Japanese Blood Grass)

Find your Hardiness Zone

Find your Climate Zone

Find your Heat Zone

Join Gardenia.net

Create a membership account to save your garden designs and to view them on any device.

Becoming a contributing member of Gardenia is easy and can be done in just a few minutes. If you provide us with your name, email address and the payment of a modest $25 annual membership fee, you will become a full member, enabling you to design and save up to 25 of your garden design ideas.

Join now and start creating your dream garden!

Create a New Collection

Optional. For your reference.


Move Selected Plants to a Different Collection


Delete Collection

This field is required.