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Kuma bamboo grass

Sasa veitchii

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 CharacteristicsThese 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. 

CarePlants 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.

PropagationDivide young rhizomes or sections of rhizomes in spring.

ProblemsSlugs, snails.

  • Genus : Sasa
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 30 feet or more
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Tolerance : Frost Tolerant
  • Plant Type : Grasses
  • Uses : Ground Covers, Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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