A picture of a Bamboo Plants

Bamboo Plants

Also known as


Bamboo Richelieu by Manfred Heyde (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Advanced care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


This plant has no fragrance

More images of Bamboo Plants

Bamboo Forest
Bamboo DSCN2465
Poaceae - Phyllostachis bambusoides
Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan

Bamboo Plants Overview

Bamboo is a term applied to many plants, they are typically evergreen perennials from the subfamily Bambusoideae, in the grass family Poaceae. Bamboo are grown for their foliage and hollow stems and are popular for landscape gardening and as screening. Some Bamboos grow faster than others and many can be invasive, growing through the use of underground rhizomes. This can make them great to propagate and also difficult to remove as they can regrow from rhizome fragments left in the soil. Be sure to do your research before planting. When you buy a Bamboo Plant, its also worth researching what the species' natural environment is like and trying to replicate that at home. Some like it warm and wet, some cool and dry (ish), so a little homework is needed! Bamboo Plants produce columnar stems, rather than a woody trunk that tapers with height as most trees do. They can vary hugely in their appearance, for garden use are woody or herbaceous plants. The woody Bamboos are usually tropical or temperate, some are tender and some are hardy and able to cope with freezing weather. Many can flower every year, many producing unshowy, feathery flowers. Most Bamboos are grown for their leaves and stems, rather than their flowers. Bamboos can range greatly in size and leaf appearance, with many attractive cultivars available. You can find out more in-depth care information for many species and cultivars on their individual plant profiles.

How to propagate Bamboo Plants



Special features of Bamboo Plants

Attractive leaves

Attracts useful insects

Hedge plant

Wind break