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Native alternative(s) for Imperata cylindrica var. koenigii:
Muhlenbergia capillaris Muhlenbergia capillaris
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Lonicera tatarica Lonicera tatarica
Akebia quinata Akebia quinata
Ampelopsis brevipedunculata Ampelopsis brevipedunculata

Imperata cylindrica var. koenigii

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
im-per-AH-tah sil-IN-drih-kah va-RY-eh-tee ko-NIG-ee-eye
This plant is an invasive species in North Carolina
Description

Foliage emerges green and turns red on tips; best grown in groups; spreads slowly by rhizomes

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. The foliage is narrow and sharply pointed grassy leaves which are green at the base and red from midsection to tip.  This plant is upright and narrow and best grown in groups for foliage as it rarely flowers; it spreads slowly by rhizomes. 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:
#sun#deciduous#invasive#weedy#part shade
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Red Baron'
Tags:
#sun#deciduous#invasive#weedy#part shade
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Imperata
    Species:
    cylindrica
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeast Asia
    Distribution:
    It is established in FL, GA, AL, MI, and has been found in SC.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ornamental Grass
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Wet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    Rarely flowers
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Sheath
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Other/more complex
    Leaf Shape:
    Filiform
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Narrow red at the tips
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Invasive Species
    Weedy