• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 12 in. tall; spreads vigorously with underground rhizomes.
    Key Feature:
    Excellent Erosion Control
    Prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:sa-ZA pig-MEE-a
    Plant type:Bamboo
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 12 in. tall; spreads vigorously with underground rhizomes.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Prized for foliage.
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
    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.
    Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer); Azalea (Azalea); Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Peony (Paeonia); Pachysandra (Pachysandra)
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    Most bamboos flower only once in their life span and do so simultaneously the world over.