Saturday, May 8, 2021

A rare flowering of Japanese Blood Grass - that isn't so rare after all...

Last year I posted about the flowering of my ornamental Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrica), and noted that such flowerings were supposedly very rare. 

Interestingly enough, I was surprised to find that the same cluster of JBG had again flowered this year (and at about the same date!), with 2 flowerheads coming out of some of the more peripherally positioned ramets.

The flowerheads were already a bit spent, and the drizzle that caused them to droop under the water load did not help when I first saw them, but there was no question that flowering of JBG may not be so rare after all. Although perhaps some unique environmental condition in that cluster's location is causing this annual flowering, it's certainly unusual for this to happen (according at least to reports on the web).

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