Fargesia murieliae

Umbrella bamboo

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Plant type

Hardy perennial


Attractive seed-heads, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

This bamboo (formerly Arundinaria murieliae and Thamnocalumus spathaceus) makes tall clumps with distinctive green canes the thickness of a garden cane. These are topped with large branching sprays of foliage held a little way out on wiry stems. The weight of the foliage often causes the canes to bend slightly, giving the plants an attractive arching appearance. This species is wind-resistant, so it is often planted as a screen or windbreak in a large garden Avoid cutting out the new canes in order to keep clumps confined, or they are eventually killed off. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Fargesia

Species: murieliae

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 400cm

Spread: 180cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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