Common name: Pygmy bamboo
Native to: Japan
A lovely, compact dwarf Japanese bamboo with tough, bright green evergreen leaves that fan out in neatly-arranged groups, giving the appearance of a palm or fern.
As one of the smallest bamboos available with a spreading, carpet-forming growth habit, it's perfect for using as a groundcover plant where it can be clipped or mowed to keep it at an even height. It's also well-suited for use as a bonsai plant and makes a great choice for growing in a container.
Pleioblastus pygmaeus variegata
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun, partilal shade, dense shade
Flowers: No flowers
Foliage: Evergreen, small sword-shaped leaves, variegated
Growth habit: Spreading
Hardiness: Hardy but not drought resistant
Height: Up to 1 metre
Spread: Up to 8 metres
Soil requirements: Prefers moist well-drained soils.
Uses: Ground cover, clipped into low hedging, good as understorey species