Red Baron Blood Grass
AKA: Japanese Blood Grass
Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'
This plant died!
There may be a few blades of this left but it might as well be dead – I think I planted it in a too-shady spot.
05/2019: Planted 2 6in pots next to pieris tree.
I’m not sure why it’s taken me this long to get my hands on this plant. It’s one of the limited number of grasses that grow in shade, and sports a spectacular red color that almost glows in sunlight. Plus it’s drought tolerant AND prefers moist soil. One downside is its potential to naturalize a little too much if planted in full shade. To start, I sited it in a semi-shaded spot and will keep an eye out for any unruliness.