Dwarf Bamboo

Sasa pygmaea

An airy, feathery look on low, dense clumps that creates a lovely texture in rock gardens. Perfect for a low border, groundcover, or for use as erosion control. Spreads rapidly with underground stems; provide barriers to control spread. Evergreen.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationsa-ZA pig-MEE-a
LoreMost bamboos flower only once in their life span and do so simultaneously the world over.
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 12 in. tall; spreads vigorously with underground rhizomes.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Design IdeasThis exceptional small and bright bamboo makes an excellent ground cover. 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Dwarf Plant, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer); Azalea (Azalea); Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Peony (Paeonia); Pachysandra (Pachysandra)

Thrives in fertile, well-drained soil with consistent moisture. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Contain with a root barrier or non-perforated pot with lip above soil level. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new spring growth. Prune only as needed to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-11

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