Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Fast grower to 1 ft. tall, aggressive spreader.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Erosion Control
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Does not flower
Botanical Pronunciation:sa-ZA pig-MEE-a
Plant type:Bamboo
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Fast grower to 1 ft. tall, aggressive spreader.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Does not flower
Garden styleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
Design IdeasThis exceptional small and bright bamboo makes an excellent groundcover. It is ideal for Japanese and Asian inspired gardens where bamboo is a staple. Dense growth is capable of crowding out weeds in open spaces beneath trees and shrubs in the tropical landscape too.. Valued for its texture in the modern garden where forms can be created with geometric precision by controlling its spread. Though quite effective for erosion control, beware potential for invasiveness where conditions are right.
Companion PlantsGroup this bamboo with high contrast Flame Kaffir Lily, (Clivia miniata 'Monya') and Black Magic Elephant Ear, (Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic'). It's outstanding in an Asian setting with Girard's Hot Shot Azalea, (Azalea x 'Girard's Hot Shot') and Oshio-Beni Japanese Maple, (Acer palmatum 'Oshio-Beni').
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
History:
This genus and that of Sasaella are considered nearly identical botanically and are often interchanged. What all share is a highly invasive fast growing nature. It is native to a very large range of China and eastern Asia.
Lore:
Most bamboos flower only once in their life span and do so simultaneously the world over.