dwarf white-striped bamboo

Pleioblastus variegatus | Also known as: Fargesia fortunei, Pleioblastus shibuyanus, Pleioblastus fortunei 'Variegata', Arundinaria variegata | Rating: 3 votes | Print / Pdf

Pleiblastus's leaves have creamy-white stripes from where their creator had to tippex out his mistakes.

What Pleioblastus variegatus or dwarf white-striped bamboo lacks in stature it makes up for in a big personality. This bamboo has tapered dark green leaves with creamy-white stripes that easily draw the eye wherever this plant is grown. Though dwarf white-striped bamboo can grow in semi-shaded areas, full sunlight is ideal for developing the foliage colouring. It likes moist and fertile soils that have good drainage and lends itself to a variety of uses. Perhaps you may want to use it in a border or as underplanting. It might be just the sort of ground cover you’re looking for or a stylish option for a patio pot or courtyard garden container. However this bamboo is used you can be sure of one thing, it knows how to get people talking and won’t let anybody forget its presence thanks to its stunning appearance which will garner murmurs of pure delight from admiring fans.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.75
Spread [m]
  • 1.2
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Variegated
Foliage in summer
  • Variegated
Foliage in Autumn
  • Variegated
Foliage in winter
  • Variegated
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • division
  • rhizome cuttings
Growth habit
  • Arching
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-11
Heat zone
  • H12-6
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - 4
Heat days
  • 45 - 210
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Grasses, ferns & bamboo
  • Bamboos
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Neighbour repellant
  • For every season
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Cottage garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Architectural
  • Hedges and screens
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years
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