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Bulb/Corm or rhizomatous perennialRhizomatous perennial grass
Ornamental grassesForms loose clumps of flat, linear, mid-green leaves to 50cm (20in) long, which quickly turn red. Produces spikes of fluffy, silvery-white spikelets to 4.5cm (1¾in) long.
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winterHardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
Full sunmulch in winter
Partial shadeDappled shade.
IMPERATA cylindrica 'Red Baron'
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowSyn. 'Rubra'Pests & DiseasesNonePlace of originJapan
Flower ShapePaniclesSpike-like panicles to 20cm (8in) long
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
Leaf Colour (if not green)Red
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilHumus-rich