This member of the grass family is native to southeast China but is fast growing all throughout the United States. It is most commonly used for its thick screening abilities since the plant grows in clumps that can reach 30 feet high. The golden bamboo has internodes at the base of the stems which aid in identifying it from other bamboo species. It has been shown to flower infrequently, but can go decades without flowering.
The golden bamboo can be used medically to treat colds, fevers, urinary tract problems, and overheating.
Did You Know:
Golden bamboo is listed as a nonnative, aquatic and invasive plant and spreads through underground rhizomes which make it extremely difficult to eliminate.