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Eventual height: 0.4m

Eventual spread: 0.3m

Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'

Japanese blood grass

9cm pot £5.99 Buy
3 × 9cm pots £17.97 £15.00 Buy

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: slow-average
  • Flowering period: June to August
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection in cold areas)

    Blood-red spikes that fade to bright green at the base and become transluscent with age make this grass a spectacular addition to the perennial border. It takes a while to strut its stuff, but in late summer, it shines like a jewel. Imperata cylindrica is particularly effective planted with other grasses, or shown off in a container.

  • Garden care: Cut down to the ground in February. In cold areas, protect the roots by mulching with straw or well-rotted compost. If you are growing it in a container, keep it well watered.

Goes well with

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    2 litre pot

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