Mike Bell looking at a rhizome forming at a node about 7 ft. up on a 'Damarapa'
at Carwinion near Falmouth Cornwall England.
copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2000
Common names: Candy Cane Bamboo
Maximum Height: 20 feet
Recommended for USDA zone 9 or 10; not for areas with high heat and humidity
This is one of our
bamboos due to its vivid, random colors: dark green striping on red and yellow
canes supporting masses of small, feathery leaves. It is sensitive and can be a
challenging plant to grow. Spectacular when grown with
plenty of indirect
light but no hot afternoon sun in a mild climate that does not get significantly
below freezing in the
winter. This bamboo rarely
gets 30 ft tall, more often reaching 10 to 20 ft if
conditions are good. Himalayacalamus falconeri
'Damarapa' does best in cool
coastal areas. In 1998, we planted a 'Damarapa' at the
Portland Classical Chinese
Garden in Portland, OR which has now grown to over 12 feet tall in
Not recommended for
indoors, unless in atrium or greenhouse.
Amber Potter, 2006