Imperata cylindrica rubra
- Common Name(s):
- Japanese blood grass
- Red Baron
Perennial; "Red Baron" is a cultivar
Japanese Bloodgrass is a variety of cogongrass which has been designated as one of the 10 worst weeds in the world. While the red form is not invasive, it can revert back to the 4-5 foot tall green form which is extremely aggressive. Cogongrass has already invaded 153 billion acres worldwide, and over one million acres in Florida, where it has displaced many native species of plants. It is established in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, and has been found in South Carolina.
- 12-24 in.
- 5 to 10
- Narrow and sharply pointed grassy leaves; green at base and red from midsection to tip
- Silvery-white, spike-like flower clusters in late summer
- Sun to light shade; prefers acidic, well-drained sandy soil but tolerates a range of soil types
- Height 12-24 in.
- Upright clumps; open habit
- Growth Rate:
NCCES plant id: 301