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Sasa pygmaea

Pronunciation: Sa-za pig-mee-a
Common Name: Dwarf bamboo
Plant Type:
  • perennial
Height to: 1'
Width to: Indefinite
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • -10 to -20ºF ZONE 5
  • 0 to -10ºF ZONE 6
  • 10 to 0ºF ZONE 7
  • 20 to 10ºF ZONE 8
  • 30 to 20ºF ZONE 9
  • 40 to 30ºF ZONE 10
  • 50 to 40ºF ZONE 11
Sun Exposure:
  • full shade
  • part sun
  • full sun
Bloom Description: N/a
Soil Type: Fertile, humus rich, moist but well drained. Very tolerant of most soils but avoid dry soils when planting in full sun. Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Plant Perks:
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Erosion Control
  • Mass Planting
Pests and Diseases: Emergent shoots may be eaten by slugs
Propagation: Divide or cut sections of the youngest rhizomes in spring
Notes for Identification: Source: monrovia - very fast grower can become invasive quickly. Airy, feathery look to low, dense clumps. Perfect for low border or groundcover; nice in rock gardens and used as erosion control. Spreads rapidly with underground stems. Evergreen. Care informationfollow 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. 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'). Historythis 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. Loremost bamboos flower only once in their life span and do so simultaneously the world over.
Seed photo: 0
Located in: Perennials
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