A colourful, low growing, slow spreading ornamental grass. Drought tolerant once established.
Botanical Name: Imperata
Common Names: Japanese blood grass, cogon grass
Foliage: Deciduous, flat linear leaves.
Flowers: Silvery flower spikes.
Flowering Period: Summer.
Soil: Moist but well-drained soil (clay or loam). Acid, alkaline or neutral pH.
Conditions: Full sun or partial shade. Plant in an east, west or south facing aspect.
Habit: Clump forming.
Type: Rhizomatous perennial.
Origin: Asia, America
Hardiness: Hardy in the UK.
Easy to grow. Thrives an a moist, well-drained, fertile loam. Plant in full sun for best foliage colour. Ideal for gravel gardens, mixed beds or front of the border. Looks best when planted in large groups.
Cut to ground level in winter to rejuvenate.
Generally pest and disease free
Increase by division in mid-spring.
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