Genus: Imperata

Imperata

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Michelle Gervais
(Imperata)
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Poaceae
The genus Imperata contains a few species of rhizomatous perennial grasses from Japan with flat, pointed leaves and short, summertime flowers. Use in a border, dry stream bed, in containers, at waterside, or in an open woodland. Some cultivars have vibrantly colored leaves.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Flat, pointed leaves and short, silvery flowers.
Care:  Grow in full sun or light shade, and moist but well-drained, rich soil. Provide a winter mulch in cold climates.
Propagation: 

By division in spring or early summer.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Imperata

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Japanese blood grass
Imperata cylindrica and cvs.
Problems: 

Generally trouble-free.