Pleioblastus variegatus

Dwarf white-striped bamboo

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Plant type

Hardy perennial


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Lee Avison, copyright GAP Photos (211342)

Plant details

Ideal for small gardens, this decorative green and cream variegated bamboo from Japan looks good all year round. Grow it in an evergreen border, beside a pond or team with ornamental grasses or a taller upright bamboo to make a feature. It is also superb in a pot on the patio. The stripes are not 100 per cent reliable and some leaves may be almost or entirely plain green. These are best removed when tidying the plant in early spring. The plant needs placing carefully as if grown in hot sunshine or exposed to late frost or drying wind, the white areas may scorch. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Pleioblastus

Species: variegatus

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 75cm

Spread: 120cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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