Japanese blood grass Imperata 'Red Baron' green-red - Hardy plant

Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'

Japanese blood grass Imperata 'Red Baron' green-red - Hardy plant

Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'
Fire-red grass
A unique colour with a unique name! The red blades of Japanese blood grass 'Red Baron' (Imperata cylindrica) add a special touch to our garden. Its fire-red colour intensifies from the spring! We can plant this plant all year round. Provided temperatures don't go below freezing. The plant flowers in the summer.
The plant does not require pruning. Just cut away the dead leaves. The ornamental grass grows best in the sunlight. Water the plant regularly so that the soil around the roots does not dry out.

If you buy perennials in autumn they might not look quite as beautiful as usual, because autumn is when they lose their leaves. The big benefit of planting perennials in autumn is that by spring they will be well rooted in the garden and ready to burst into growth.
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Latin name: Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'
Delivery type: Supplied as container plant
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Red
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Green stayer: No
Leafs all year: No
Hardy plants: Yes
Self polinating: No
Edible: No
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Flowering: May - July
Growing Height: 30 - 50 cm
Planting distance: 30 - 40 cm

This ornamental grass grows best in the garden in moist but well-drained, humus rich soil. Prepare a suitable hole and plant the Japanese Blood Grass 'Red Baron' at the appropriate depth in the hole. The top of the root ball should be just slightly below ground level. Fill the hole with soil and press firmly. Water immediately after planting. Poor soil can be improved by mixing in some sharp sand. It is important to give it a sunny position. This grass grows well in full sun or light dappled shade.

Japanese Blood Grass 'Red Baron' makes an excellent combination plant

The unique colour of this plant's leaves is beautiful for an oriental garden and is an ideal ornamental for creating accents in the border. Looks great planted alongside a pond or combined with Iris Chrysographes 'Black Form' in a mixed flower border. Another exotic combination would be with Arum 'Black Forest' and Gold 'Tricolor' in a large flower pot.


Japanese Blood Grass 'Red Baron' is an ornamental, clump forming grass that requires minimal maintenance. Make sure the soil around the roots does not dry out, although waterlogged soil is not tolerated, especially in winter. In autumn it dies back above ground. Over winter, protect the roots with a mulch of fallen leaves. In spring cut back to just above ground level and soon there will be some new shoots visible above the ground. Any stems that completely change back to green should be removed. The ‘Red Baron’ can be propagated by division in spring.


Japanese Blood Grass 'Red Baron' is a small ornamental grass from Japan that is namely known for its 'red blood' coloured leaves. By late summer, the leaves turn even redder, especially when placed in a sunny spot. The leaves often start green at the bottom which creates a striking contrast. Japanese Blood Grass 'Red Baron' is by far one of the best ornamental grasses for the garden.

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