Pleioblastus pygmaeus | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

You might end up wanting to burn this bamboo. It spreads like wildfire.

This bamboo, also known as the dwarf fern-leaf bamboo, is extremely fast growing, will thrive in full sun to partial shade and provides interest throughout the year. Like many bamboos, a lot of maintenance is needed to make sure that pygmaeus doesn’t spread like wildfire through thegarden as it will produce a lot of runners. Pleioblastus pygmaeus is ideal for use where you’re naturalising an area, such as in a woodland garden. It rarely flowers, but will spread prolifically as soon as the first plant is established, giving fast coverage. It can also be used on banks to prevent ongoing weather erosion.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.35 - 0.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.5 - 0.85
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Yellow-green
Propagation methods
  • division
  • rhizome cuttings
Growth habit
  • Dense
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-11
Heat zone
  • H12-8
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - 4
Heat days
  • 90 - 210
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Grasses, ferns & bamboo
  • Bamboos
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Neighbour repellant
  • For every season
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Cottage garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Architectural
  • Hedges and screens
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years