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PlantFiles: Umbrella Bamboo
Fargesia murielae

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Fargesia (far-GHEE-zee-uh) (Info)
Species: murielae (mur-ee-EL-ay) (Info)

Synonym:Arundinaria murielae
Synonym:Fargesia spathacea
Synonym:Sinarundinaria murielae
Synonym:Thamnocalamus murielae

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral auntieem528 On Oct 22, 2007, auntieem528 from Oregon City, OR wrote:

I was told the other day that this plant blooms ONCE every hundred years. Always on the same day and every plant, no matter where it is (country, continent etc.) blooms at the same time. I've been trying to find confirmation of this miraculous phenomina as it was told to me by a priest. Anyone else ever heard this?

Positive Todd_Boland On Sep 13, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Umbrella bamboo, Fargesia murieliae, is one of the lovliest garden bamboos. It is a clumper, so not at all invasive. It is also one of the hardiest, surviving to -20 F. I have been growing mine in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada (zone 5b) for 8 years with no problems (it is now approaching 6 ft). They are mostly evergreen but a few older leaves turn yellow in fall, adding to the interest.


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

Litchfield, Connecticut
Jackson Heights, New York
Beaufort, North Carolina
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Sumter, South Carolina
American Fork, Utah

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