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Imperata ‘Red Baron’
(Blood Grass)


£12.00 £9.60
June - August
40cm x 30cm
Partial Shade, Sun
Easy to grow
Half Hardy
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This Imperata is a lovely grass that’s incredibly bright and eye catching. Bright green blades of grass turn blood red from half way up, deepening to burgundy in the Autumn. A fantastic addition to garden borders and containers. Truly a late summer jewel of the garden!

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Imperata 'Red Baron,' also known as Japanese Blood Grass, is a standout plant on our nursery collection, cherished for its striking foliage and its bold visual impact. This ornamental grass features slender, upright blades that transition from green at the base to a fiery crimson red at the tips, creating a stunning display of colour that intensifies as the season progresses. Our horticultural team loves Imperata 'Red Baron' for its versatility and easy care nature. This deciduous grass is perfect for adding a dramatic splash of colour to your mixed borders, in your contemporary garden designs, or even minimalist landscapes. It thrives in full sun to partial shade and prefers well-drained soil, making it a low-maintenance addition to any garden. One of the key benefits of 'Red Baron' is its ability to provide year-round interest. In Spring and Summer, its vibrant red foliage creates a striking contrast against green plants. In Autumn, the colours become even more vivid, offering a brilliant display before the foliage dies back in Winter. This grass also provides excellent texture and movement, adding a dynamic element to garden designs. Imperata 'Red Baron' pairs beautifully with other ornamental grasses, perennials, and shrubs, particularly those with complementary colours and textures. It's especially effective in rock gardens, along pathways, or as a focal point in containers. With its bold colours and easy-care nature, Imperata 'Red Baron' is a must-have for any garden enthusiast.

Planting Conditions

Imperata 'Red Baron' thrives in well-drained soil that is consistently moist. It prefers full sun to partial shade for optimal growth and to encourage its vibrant red colouring. Plant it in garden beds, borders, or containers, ensuring it's in a spot with at least six hours of sunlight daily. Enhance soil fertility by mixing in organic matter like compost before planting. Space the plants about 30 cm apart to allow for proper air circulation. Imperata 'Red Baron' is also tolerant of a range of soil types, including clay and sandy soils.

Watering & Feeding

Imperata 'Red Baron' requires consistent watering, especially during dry periods. If grown in a container, ensure it is kept well-watered, allowing the soil to stay moist but not waterlogged. During the growing season, apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly to encourage healthy growth. In colder areas of the UK, protect the roots by mulching with straw or a thick layer of compost to insulate against frost. Regularly check soil moisture and adjust watering as needed, especially in hot weather or if the plant is exposed to full sun.

General Care

Imperata 'Red Baron' requires minimal pruning. We advise not to cut the plant back for Winter, as the dead growth helps protect it from cold. In early Spring, cut down to the ground to allow fresh growth for the season. This plant is generally disease and pest-resistant, making it low-maintenance. Deadheading isn't necessary as the plant's primary appeal is its foliage. Ensure good air circulation and avoid overly wet conditions to prevent any fungal issues. Regular Spring pruning will keep the plant healthy and vibrant throughout the growing season.