Common Name: kuma-sasa
Origin/Ecology: Native to Japan
Habit: Grows to 3-5′, can be kept shorter by cutting it to the ground after spring flush of growth. Erect, slender canes, clump forming.
Leaves: Broad leaves naturally die back on edges, a form of natural variegation: dark green with white edges. Die back more each year. After 3rd year leaf breaks down.
Leaf Arrangement: alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Inconspicuous.
Water Use, Soil: Moist, well-drained.
Exposure: Full sun to full shade, but not dry soil in full sun.
Landscape Uses: Ground cover
Limitations: Bamboo mite: mow down to eliminate pest.