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Fargesia dracocephala

Common Name:
Dragon's head bamboo
Plant Type:
Poaceae (The Grass Family)
Geographic Origin:
China and Taiwan
California Native?:
Plant Size:
15 feet
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Flowering Season:
Seldom produced
Flower Color:
Not applicable
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
Clumping bamboo grows 10-15 feet high. It makes dense clumps of strong but slender stems, dusted with white wax when young. The leaves are 2-4 inches long, narrow and deep green in color. It is easily grown in sun or shade near the coast but needs some shading and sheltering from hot, dry winds inland. Most soils, moderate to regular watering. Dragon's head bamboo is one of the hardiest of the genus, reportedly to below 0 degrees F.