I'm looking for a variety of giant clumping bamboo that is hardy in zone 8b (South Mississippi). I'm considering Bambusa oldhamii but would like to know if anyone has a better suggestion. My husband has wanted this for years and his birthday is coming up next month. I love bamboo but don't want anything terribly invasive.
I don't know if you've found what you're looking for yet, but I have a bamboo alternative that I love. Arundo Donax "Peppermint Stick". It looks like bamboo and makes the bamboo canes, but it's variegated. There's a "Variegata" that starts out variegated, but when it gets hot, it loses its variegation and is just green, like bamboo. So I prefer Peppermint Stick which doesn't lose the variegation.
It clumps quickly and keeps spreading from the clump. It's easier to divide than bamboo. It has rhizomes similar to canna rhizomes. It gets 12 or more feet tall and has mauve plumes in the fall. Very drought tolerant and pretty fast growing too.
I bought Peppermint Stick at Homestead Farms in Coldwater, MS. I think it was $15 for a one gallon container. But don't be fooled by size. It will quickly grow to 12 ft or more and spread. So one or two gallons is all you'll need unless you're impatient.
The pictures are from Variegata. That's why the last picture is plain green. I just bought the Peppermint Stick in March, so it will be 3 years or so before it catches up to the Variegata in my garden.
Hello WUVIE,Yeah, there giant bamboo,I don't like typing in latin but there 'PUBESCEANS" I believe is how it's spelled,I have three or four other spieces I'm trying to start ,I'm a hog when it comes to plants ,Inever seem to have enough!!
meadowyck;my luck with Bamboo is rather sparse ,and I still have about four kinds that have sat for months and not germinated,Sometimes it's great other times not.
What is the source I could use one?(maybe)(LOL)
Anderson is having some trouble these days ,only who or where really isn't .
Visited my Grandparents here also while growing up,my parents are truly more the hometowners than myself.
There still is some family business remaining here ,only not like it use to be.
It seems today while doing a few things some bamboo seeds that I had planted months ago are beginnig to sprout.polymorpha and yunneninsis are both tropical clumpers so I guess I will have house plants next winter. My giants posted earlier are beginnig to grow and one outside wasn't bothered by frost or freeze, makes me wonder if I might not have a monster later.A plant that little that isn't suppose to be that hardy at that size has me wondering.
Interesting watching one lot - had a huge patch of bamboo that obviously hit its year to make seeds and die. Property owners must not know about this. They have pruned all culms, removing all dead leaves and leaving tall naked stalks. I wonder when they will "get it"???
there is a great club out your neck of the woods, though I'm not sure how far away they are for you. check it out here at http://www.bamboo.org the site will list the club in your area, and hopefully it won't be far off.