Kuma bamboo grass

Sasa veitchii

Photo/Illustration: 
Chris Curless
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Kuma bamboo grass (Sasa veitchii)
Genus:  Sasa
This dwarf bamboo has deep-green leaves that become bicolored with the onset of autumn. The leaves then exhibit straw-colored margins, which persist into spring in warmer zones. It is a striking plant en masse or as groundcover in a woodland garden. It usually grows to 2 or 3 feet tall, but may reach 5 feet tall in deep shade.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  These Southeast Asian bamboos thrive in moist, deep woodlands, and thus are at home in shady gardens. Use in both formal and naturalistic plantings: as groundcovers at the base of trees and shrubs, isolated or planted en masse, and next to other plants that contrast and highlight Sasa foliage. 
Care:  Plants may spread by 1 foot per year; curb growth by planting a 2-foot deep barrier around desired area. Grow in rich, moist, well-drained soil in sun to deep shade.
Propagation:  Divide young rhizomes or sections of rhizomes in spring.
Problems:  Slugs, snails.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
Over 30 ft.
Growth Habit
Runs
Growth Pace
Fast Grower,
Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Frost Tolerant
Type
Grasses

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