Genus: Pleioblastus

Pleioblastus

Photo/Illustration: 
Susan Kahn
(Pleioblastus)
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Poaceae
This genus of evergreen, rhizomatous bamboos is made up of 20 species from wooded areas in Japan and China. Their lance-shaped leaves are checkered or variegated and their leaf margins are usually white-bristled. They flower only rarely.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Vigorous growers. Most are variegated. Good for naturalizing, in woodland gardens, or as informal hedges. Some species are invasive.
Care:  May need to be restrained. Grow in fertile, humusy, moist soil in full sun. Grow plants that are not variegated in partial shade.
Propagation: 

Separate rhizomes in spring and keep the divisions moist and shaded until they are established.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Pleioblastus

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Dwarf white-stripe
Pleioblastus variegatus
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Golden bamboo
Pleioblastus viridistriatus
Problems: 

Generally trouble-free.