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All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum
temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
S. palmata is a vigorous small bamboo forming a thicket of erect stems to 2.5m high bearing dark green leaves to 40cm in length, the tips and margins turning pale brown in winter, giving a variegated effect
C. marmorea is a low-growing bamboo to 2m high, producing lime-green young shoots marbled brown and white. Arching purple-flushed canes in full sun bear short tufted branches with slender grass-green leaves 10cm in length
P. viridistriatus is a small evergreen bamboo forming a compact colony of erect, purplish-green canes to 2m in height, with narrow, yellow and green striped leaves up to 20cm in length
I. tessellatus forms dense thickets of slender, bright green canes up to 2m tall. Glossy green leaves, up to 60cm long and 5-10cm wide, are the largest of all hardy bamboos and cause the canes to bend over under the weight of the foliage. Usually clump forming in habit, it may become spreading in favourable conditions and need containing
P. hindsii is a vigorous bamboo forming dense thickets of olive-green canes to 2.5m in height, with blue-green leaves to 20cm in length clustered towards the tips
S. veitchii is a small dense-growing bamboo species forming spreading clumps of erect, slender canes to 1.2m high, bearing broadly lance-shaped leaves soon becoming papery light brown on the margins
P. humilis is a vigorous, even invasive bamboo, forming low patches or thickets with slender dark green canes to about 1.2m in height, bearing narrow leaves to 20cm in length
B. tessellata is a vigorous, clump-forming, evergreen bamboo. The tall, arching canes are yellow-green, turning purple in bright light, with persistent, creamy-white culm sheaths and often with a blueish-white, waxy bloom. Small, narrow, mid- to grey-green leaves are carried on numerous branches from each node
S. fastuosa is a large and vigorous, erect evergreen bamboo forming dense clumps of glossy dark green canes, red-flushed purple in a sunny position. Tufts of short, densely leafy shoots. Leaves oblong, to 20cm, rich dark green above, glaucous beneath
P. japonica is a vigorous and tough, spreading, evergreen bamboo to 6m in height, forming a thicket of olive-green canes with copious narrow, shiny green leaves to 25cm in length
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