Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2005
Pleioblastus pygmaeus in a one gallon container


Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 1997
 

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Pleioblastus pygmaeus
Common name: Pygmy bamboo  

Height: 2 feet
Hardiness: 0 F
Recommended for USDA zone 6b through 10

This little bamboo is very similar to Pleioblastus distichus,  but its leaves do not display the fern-like leaf grouping. Pygmy bamboo is one of the smallest bamboos, and its leaves are also very small. It is one of the best of the dwarf bamboos for use as a bonsai. This variety has minute hairs, noticeable only upon very close inspection, on the leaf sheaths and also on the leaves. Both this bamboo and Pleioblastus distichus are commonly used in Japanese gardens, often clipped to a height of only a few inches.


Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2009
Lush, new foliage from Pygmy Bamboo covers the ground with a soft green carpet.