Japanese Blood Grass

Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'

An elegantly clumping ornamental grass that adds texture and visual interest to the landscape. In spring, new growth emerges medium green at the base and is tipped with a scarlet red that creeps down and intensifies with maturity; by fall, the top half of each leaf is brilliant red. Spreading slowly through underground runners, this species can become invasive if left unmonitored, and is best kept in patio containers or tubs.


+ More information about container sizes

In stock


Japanese Blood Grass

Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'
Plant Type

Garden Use


Flower Color

Foliage Color


Deciduous / Evergreen

Bloom Time

Mature Size

Growth Rate

Growth Habit

Light Needs

, ,

Water Needs

Sunset Zone

USDA Hardiness Zones

Garden Style

, ,

Common Nursery Plant Forms

We use plant forms to describe how a plant has been grown in our nursery. Here are some common nursery plant forms explained.

A bush or multi refers to a shrub or small tree grown with multiple stems.

A standard has been trained to have a single trunk.
Many bush/multi plants are also available in standard form, so be sure to check the form when you add plants to your cart.

A column refers to a tree or shrub grown into a tall, narrow shape.

An espalier is a plant trained to grow in a two-dimensional form against a trellis.

Staked plants will be tied to a wooden or plastic stake during the growing process. This technique is generally used on vines but is sometimes used for certain trees or shrubs.