Semiarundinaria genus (Bamboo). This genus consists of slow-growing bamboos. They form rather open clumps starting as plum-coloured stems but becoming a smooth green flushed with purplish or brownish tints. The leaves are lance shaped with cross veins that give a tessellated appearance. The flowers are produced at varying intervals but are not decorative.
China and Japan
Hedging, ornamental. The woody stems can have many uses.
They will tolerate sun or shade, and prefer a moist, humus-rich soil either in the garden or a tub.
You can propagate by seed in spring or autumn, or by division in autumn. Specific cultivars should be propagated by division only.
May be damaged by slugs.
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