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Pleioblastus humilis pumilus - (Mitford.)D.McClintock.

Common Name
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range E. Asia - C. Japan.
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Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade
Pleioblastus humilis pumilus


Pleioblastus humilis pumilus

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Pleioblastus humilis pumilus is an evergreen Bamboo growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 3 m (9ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7. It is in leaf all year. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Arundinaria pumila. Mitford. Sasa pumila.

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Ground Cover;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Soil stabilization

The plants extensive and invasive root system make it a useful ground cover for erosion control[195].

Special Uses

Ground cover

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in most soils but prefers a good loamy soil[1] in a sheltered position in semi-shade[25]. Dislikes drought[1]. Requires shelter from cold northerly and north-easterly winds[11]. This sub-species is a more compact and robust form than the type species[200]. The rootstock is running and extremely invasive[25, 195]. New shoots are produced from late May[25]. This species is notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Plants only flower at intervals of several years, they often produce fertile seed[122]. When they do come into flower most of the plants energies are directed into producing seed and consequently the plant is severely weakened. They occasionally die after flowering, but if left alone they will normally recover though they will look very poorly for a few years. If fed with artificial NPK fertilizers at this time the plants are more likely to die[122].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - if possible, surface sow the seed as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse at about 20°c. Stored seed should be sown as soon as it is received. Do not allow the compost to dry out. Germination usually takes place fairly quickly so long as the seed is of good quality, though it can take 3 - 6 months. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a lightly shaded place in the greenhouse or cold frame until they are large enough to plant out, which could be a number of years. The plants only flower at intervals of several years and so seed is rarely available. Division as the plant comes into growth in spring. Take divisions with at least three canes in the clump, trying to cause as little root disturbance to the main plant as possible. Grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse in pots of a high fertility sandy medium. Mist the foliage regularly until plants are established. Plant them out into their permanent positions when a good root system has developed, which can take a year or more[200].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Pleioblastus gramineus Bamboo3.0 6-9  LMHSM201
Pleioblastus hindsiiHinds' cane-bambooBamboo3.5 6-9 MLMHFSM303
Pleioblastus humilis Bamboo2.0 6-9  LMHSM003
Pleioblastus intermedius Bamboo3.0 -  LMHSM002
Pleioblastus juxianensis Bamboo2.0 -  LMHSM002
Pleioblastus maculatus Bamboo4.0 6-9  LMHSM003
Pleioblastus pygmaeusDwarf Fern-Leaf Bamboo, Pigmy BambooBamboo0.3 7-10 FLMHSNM003
Pleioblastus pygmaeus distichusPigmy Bamboo, Dwarf Fern Leaf BambooBamboo0.8 7-10 FLMHSNM003
Pleioblastus simoniiMedake, Simon bambooBamboo4.5 5-9 FLMHSNM304
Pleioblastus variegatusDwarf White-Striped Bamboo, Chigo Zasa, Dwarf White Stripe BambooBamboo0.8 7-10 FLMHSNM003

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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(Mitford.)D.McClintock.

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