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Imperata cylindrica

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 CharacteristicsFlat, pointed leaves and short, silvery flowers.

CareGrow in full sun or light shade, and moist but well-drained, rich soil. Provide a winter mulch in cold climates.

PropagationBy division in spring or early summer.

ProblemsGenerally trouble-free.

Species and cultivars

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