Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'
Japanese Blood Grass
30 - 60 cm
green with red tips
well drained, moist
acid - neutral - alkaline
garden variety, the species is native to S-Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia
Imperata is a small genus of around 10 species native to tropical and sub-tropical regions. Their flowers are silkhaired spikes, hence the common name, satintails. At least one species is a popular ornamental grass in warmer regions of the world.
Division in spring or fall.
A popular ornamental grass in neighbouring countries, but needs more summer heat than Iceland can offer. It could possibly grow in a sunroom or a warm greenhouse. The tips of the leaves turn red in late summer, advancing to dark burgundy in fall.