A visually striking grass – the blood red tips of its green leaves become brighter as summertime rolls on.
The Red Baron is a dramatic ornamental grass. Although slow-growing and with a relatively low maximum height of 60cm, what it lacks in size, it makes up for in vibrant visuals. A popular choice for rock gardens and patio containers, some people also like to take cuttings of its red-tipped leaves for use in creating indoor flower arrangements. It can produce feathery flowers, but this is rare in the UK.
Ornamental Grasses are chosen for their decorative qualities and whether used indoors or outdoors, they can bring a striking diversity to your garden. From round shrubs to tall walls of quivering spikes, ornamental grasses bring new shapes and textures that will contrast against the twisted roots of trees and the blooms of traditional plants and flowers. They are also becoming increasingly popular due to their hardiness against the British weather and their ability to hold their colour through autumn and winter.
Latin Name: Imperata Cylindrica Red Baron
English Name: Red Baron, Cogon Grass, Blood Grass, Japanese Blood Grass, Rubra Grass,
Foliage Type: Deciduous.
Foliage: Green to Red.
Flowering Period: Late-Summer.
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well-Drained. Loam. Clay.
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight or Partial Shade.
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Exposed or Sheltered.
Hardiness Rating: Medium (H4)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -10 °C to -5 °C (14 °F to 23 °F)
Suggested Uses: Ornamental. Borders. Flower Beds. Rock Gardens. Cutting for Arrangements.
Maintenance: Remove dead leaves and old flowers in early spring. Remove any leaves that are all-green, as this will encourage the growth of more red tipped foliage.
Growth Habit: Upright/Tufted.
Growth Speed: Slow (5cm to 10cm per year)
Starting Height: 15cm to 25cm (0.5 ft to 0.8 ft)
Final Height: 60cm (2.0 ft)
Starting Sideways Spread: 15cm to 20cm (0.5 ft to 0.7 ft)
Final Sideways Spread: 50cm (1.6 ft)
Pot Included: 3 Litre Plastic Pot to 10 Litre Plastic Pot
Height including Pot: 30cm to 48cm (1.0 ft to 1.5 ft)
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