Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2006


Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2000
People in picture left to right. Nancy Oberschmidt, Rosemary and
Gayln Carlile, in the Carlile "Grassworks" garden.
 

Indocalamus tessellatus

Expected Height: 3 to 9 feet
Hardiness: -5 F
Recommended for USDA zone 6 through 9

Formerly called Sasa tessellata, this bamboo has the largest leaves of any bamboo in cultivation. They can grow to 24 inches long by 4 inches wide. These leaves are often used in cooking to wrap food in the same manner as banana leaves and corn husks. This species is reported to be one of the hardiest Sasa types, though its leaves can shred when exposed to excessive wind. The form called 'Hamadae' is known to grow taller and more upright than the species.

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