Dwarf Buddha's Belly Bamboo 'Wamin'

Bambusa vulgaris

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bambusa (bam-BOO-suh) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Wamin


Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

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

Brentwood, California

Encinitas, California

Santa Barbara, California

Boca Raton, Florida

Bradenton, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

Indialantic, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Loxahatchee, Florida

Miami Beach, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Valrico, Florida

Westwego, Louisiana

Duluth, Minnesota

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 6, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is particularly attractive and sought after form of B vulgaris. It must be pretty rare as I have yet to see a nice specimen growing in So Cal. I have only seen it growing in Thailand and Florida, though I'm sure someone has it here. It is a slow dwarf (only grows to about 15' tall) with uniquely swollen internodes giving it a wonderful corragated look. If you want a cool bamboo with swollen internodes, this is it. Avoid B ventricosum- that one only swells if stressed, and then the rest of the plant doesn't always look so good.. and if you don't stress it, it becomes a monster. This one is easy to control. In fact, some think it's too slow.