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The P&PDL Picture of the Week
for 13 October 2003

Japanese Blood Grass

Mike Dana, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University

Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra') reaches its peak of ornamental red leaf color during the cool days of fall. This ornamental grass is rhizomatous, or sod-forming and can be an aggressive spreader, especially in moist soil conditions. It's use here is an excellent example of how it can be a successful landscape element when pavements or landscape management techniques keep it restrained.

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