Imperata Cylindrica flourishes in sandy and saline regions of Asian and Australian lands. Recognisable by its long emerald green leaves that turn scarlet in the first heat of summer, this tall grass can survive in extreme climatic conditions, characterised by salinity and excessive drought.
Called chigaya in Japan, it is adorned with a pearly bloom from August to September. This plant, appreciated for its beauty, is used in traditional medicine. It is thought to have inherited its name from the cylindrical shape of its inflorescences and from an apothecary from the end of the 16th century called Ferrante Imperato.