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.
- 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