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Japanese blood grass

Imperata cylindrica and cvs.

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This small ornamental grass is grown for its smooth, red-flushed leaves. Blooms are tan.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSpreads widely by wind-dispersed seeds. Extremely invasive.

CareGrow in moist but well-drained soil.

PropagationBy division in the spring.

  • Genus : Imperata
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Fall
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Plant Type : Grasses
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
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  1. dianehuey 08/05/2014

    I would like Fine Gardening to DISCOURAGE gardeners from planting Japanese Blood Grass. Although you identify it as invasive, I doubt that those unfamiliar with the impact of invasive species would see a problem with it, given the information here. It is presented as a desirable plant. Pretty, yes. Desirable, no. Thanks.

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