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Pleioblastus auricomus

Type Grass, Evergreen
Form Spreading arching, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Variegated green-gold Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Pleioblastus auricomus - Cultivation Notes

Be prepared for Pleioblastus to produce vigorous growth and rampant roots, but also take full advantage of this plants outstanding golden green foliage and compact low growing form. Plant in a sheltered spot in full sun or part shade and ensure the soil is well drained yet also fertile. A winter mulch every 2 -3 years will help improve this. Well suited to planting in a largish pot.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Pleioblastus auricomus:

  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Pleioblastus auricomus

  • Invasive/spreading root growth
  • Invasive top growth
  • Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Pleioblastus auricomus:

  • Ornamental grass for summer long foliage interest
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