Mike Bell looking at a rhizome forming at a node about 7 ft. up on a 'Damarapa' at Carwinion near Falmouth Cornwall England.
Photos copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2000

Himalayacalamus falconeri 'Damarapa'
Common names: Candy Cane Bamboo

Maximum Height: 20 feet
Hardiness: 20 F
Recommended for USDA zone 9 or 10; not for areas with high heat and humidity

This is one of our most beautiful clumping 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 2005.

Not recommended for indoors, unless in atrium or greenhouse.


Photo copyright: Amber Potter, 2006

 

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