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Native alternative(s) for Imperata cylindrica rubra:
Muhlenbergia capillaris Muhlenbergia capillaris
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Akebia quinata Akebia quinata
Celastrus orbiculatus Celastrus orbiculatus
Lonicera japonica Lonicera japonica fruit

Imperata cylindrica rubra

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
im-PER-ah-tah sil-IN-drih-kah ROO-brah
This plant is an invasive species in North Carolina
Description

Japanese Bloodgrass is a perennial 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. The foliage is narrow and sharply pointed grassy leaves which are green at the base and red from midsection to tip.  Cogongrass has already invaded 153 billion acres worldwide, and over one million acres in Florida, where it has displaced many native species of plants.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Red Baron'
Tags:
#deciduous#invasive#weedy
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Red Baron'
Tags:
#deciduous#invasive#weedy
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Imperata
    Species:
    cylindrica
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeast Asia
    Distribution:
    It is established in FL, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Ornamental Grass
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gray/Silver
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Description:
    Rarely flowers
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Sheath
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Other/more complex
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Invasive Species
    Weedy