This autumnal combo of pinks and burgundies in the garden at the Radiology Department at Michigan State University in East Lansing includes Japanese blood grass (Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’, USDA Hardiness Zones 5-9), sedums (Sedum spp., Zones 3-11), and a pink-blooming Japanese anemone (Anemone X hybrida cv., Zones 4-8).
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This is nice.
But I have found that Japanese Blood Grass is one of those plants that are sold and promoted, because of their distinctiveness and conveniently small stature, but which do not grow well in many locations. I have tried them 2 or 3 times in various locations in my garden and they either do not thrive or are overwhelmed by neighboring plants.
I also have found that in my area (5-5b) that the Japanese Blood Grass is an annual and is never in the preannual sections of the garden shops.
I love these colors! I read where the Blood Grass is invasive, so I put a 4 inch pot offering in a pot and had it my garden for several years. Contained and when I had to cut it back seasonally in my So Cal garden, it was easier to manage. And I could move the pot if I wanted the color elsewhere. It worked very well in my cottage garden.
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