Chusquea culeou 'Caņa Prieta'
Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2004

Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2008
Certain times of the year the culms turn brilliant red when grown in a sunny area.


Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2002

Chusquea culeou
'Caņa Prieta'
Height: 12 to 15 feet
Diameter: 0.75 inch
Hardiness:  0° F
not recommended for hot, humid climates
(South Eastern USA)

This is possibly the hardiest of the Chusqueas. It has been in cultivation for years as Chusquea nigricans until it was decided that it was a form of culeou. The varietal name refers to the dark reddish new culms. The whitish culm sheathes contrast with the dark culms making for an especially attractive plant in the summer when the new culms are growing. It is also very attractive in the winter with the dark green foliage.

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Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2006

Close up showing reddish culms. 
Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2002