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Pleioblastus humilis - (Mitford.)Nakai.
                 
Common Name
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range E. Asia - C. Japan.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade

Summary

Pleioblastus humilis


Pleioblastus humilis
   
Physical Characteristics
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Pleioblastus humilis is an evergreen Bamboo growing to 2 m (6ft 7in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in leaf 12-Jan. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
Arundinaria humilis.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Ground Cover;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Soil stabilization.

The plants extensive and invasive root system make it a useful ground cover for erosion control[195].
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]. The rootstock is running and invasive[25]. 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].
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

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Pleioblastus gramineus 20
Pleioblastus hindsii 30
Pleioblastus humilis pumilus 00
Pleioblastus intermedius 00
Pleioblastus juxianensis 00
Pleioblastus maculatus 00
Pleioblastus pygmaeusDwarf Fern-Leaf Bamboo, Pigmy Bamboo00
Pleioblastus pygmaeus distichusPigmy Bamboo, Dwarf Fern Leaf Bamboo00
Pleioblastus simoniiMedake, Simon bamboo30
Pleioblastus variegatusDwarf White-Striped Bamboo, Chigo Zasa, Dwarf White Stripe Bamboo00
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