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PlantFiles: Large Leaved Bamboo
Indocalamus tessellatus

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Indocalamus (in-do-KAL-a-mus) (Info)
Species: tessellatus (tess-ell-AY-tus) (Info)

7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

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USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive N2tropicAL On Nov 14, 2010, N2tropicAL from Anniston, AL wrote:

i grow many species of bamboo in my garden and this is a favorite. by definition, i never call any bamboo invasive, but i would certainly call them agressive. invasive plants invade areas in which they were not planted via seed dispersal or thru natural transport of material suitable of propagation (like colocasia bulbs in the SE moved thru water transport).

this species is an agressive spreader, but can be easily maintained. my plants have surpassed the typical height growing to 13 ft tall in rich, organic soil with suitable moisture. the large leaves are very attractive and command the attention of many garden visitors.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 3, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

A very beautiful bamboo. Spreading, so should be given plenty of room, or grow in containers. The leaves are the largest of any bamboo, so they need to be protected from harsh wind and sun. Seldom grows more than 48" tall, but can grow to 80".


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama
Royal Oak, Michigan
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon

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