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Cylindrical imperata is a perennial herb of the Cereals family.
- Natural distribution area
- An empire in a garden landscape
- Planting and growing
Natural distribution area
Currently, it is widespread everywhere in areas with a mild warm climate, although the Asian countries are the birthplace of the imperial: China, Japan.
On a straight, rather high up to 90 cm, stem, long, narrow, pointed leaves are alternately located. The color of the leaves is green, but decorative varieties with colored leaves have been bred. The rhizome is narrow, yellowish, gives creeping offspring. In the middle of spring, flowering may occur, but this phenomenon is quite rare. The inflorescence of the impera is a cylindrical panicle, up to 10 cm long, painted in a white-silver color.
In the wild, it is a dangerous weed plant that spreads quickly and easily, occupying all free areas. Which become practically impassable for humans and animals. Due to the hard stems and leaves, it is not suitable for food either by wild or domestic ungulates. Displacing the usual vegetation, it prevents the nesting of small and medium-sized birds, which cannot nest among the extremely rigid bases of the plant. Threatens to injure many animals and birds.
The southern regions of the United States especially suffer from the thickets of the imperials. All wastelands, clearings and burned areas along federal highways are occupied by this weed.
May have other names:
- kogon grass
- alang - alang
- impera reed
- red bloody japanese grass
An empire in a garden landscape
The cylindrical imperative found its application in landscape gardening design thanks to the "Red Baron" variety. The plant is from 45 cm to 80 cm high. When young leaves appear, they are bright green, but the tips of the leaves are like tongues of flame, they are painted in a rich red color. Gradually, over the entire summer season, the red zone expands, coloring the entire leaf. In garden design, an adult shrub can also be used as a specimen plant, planted in soil or a container.
In combination with other variegated decorative cereals, it gives bright compositions. The following decorative cereals will be an excellent addition for the impera:
If the garden has an artificial pond with aquatic plants, then the impera will be a great addition to the design of its banks, tint its water in red shades.
In the center of low-growing ground cover plants, such as creeping horizontal junipers, Impera bushes will add bright red accents. It goes well with variegated and purple-leaved barberries, yellow-leaved jasmine, fieldfare, cypress.
Indispensable for creating Japanese gardens and at the base of a rock garden. The plant is not aggressive, propagates only by segments of rhizomes.
Planting and growing
If you liked the "Red Baron" variety of the imperial and you want to replenish your collection of decorative cereal perennials, then you can find and buy the impera in specialized stores. Now this can be done in online stores. You can also look at private collections.
It hibernates in central Russia, as well as in Ukraine, Belarus, the Emperor very well.
In order for the plant to retain its decorative appearance, it is important to choose the right place in the garden. To plant an imperate, you need to choose a well-lit place with maximum daily sun exposure. The composition of the soil is not demanding.
We dig a planting hole under the imperate bush, twice the size of the root ball of the bush. We mulch the bottom with compost, add complex fertilizer. We install the plant, fill the hole with earth, tamp it slightly. Spill it with water. Mulch the soil around the plant with a layer of compost three centimeters high.
Annual maintenance consists in the autumn pruning of stems and leaves by 10 cm, mulching of the root zone for the winter. If suddenly green, unpainted shoots appear, then they must be removed, not allowing them to grow. Over time, old bushes need to be dug up and rejuvenated by removing obsolete shoots. In dry spring-summer seasons, it requires moderate watering.
It grows rather slowly, the bush reaches its greatest decorative effect by the age of four. A bright plant is used in floristry when decorating bouquets. Decoctions of the rhizome of the impera cylindrical are used in folk medicine to treat diseases of the throat, respiratory tract, stomach, liver, and kidneys.
Seeing once the decorative plantings of the cylindrical type "Red Baron" emperor, you will certainly want to plant red lightning in your garden.
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