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Imperata cylindrica var. koenigii

Common Name(s):
Japanese blood grass
Cultivar(s):
Red Baron
Category:
Ornamental Grass
Comment:

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.  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.

Light:
Sun to partial shade
Height:
1-2 ft.
Zones:
6-9
Form:
Moderate texture; upright narrow
Soil:
Prefers moist to wet soil; drought tolerant after established
Inflorescence:
Grow for foliage; rarely flowers

NCCES plant id: 614

Imperata cylindrica var. koenigii Imperata cylindrica var. koenigii