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Pleioblastus viridi-Striata (Switchcane, Pleioblastus)

Pleioblastus viridi-Striata (Switchcane, Pleioblastus)
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Type Grass, Evergreen, Ground cover
Form Upright Taller-Growing Clump, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Variegated green-gold Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Pleioblastus viridi-Striata Description

This outstanding spreading grass is actually a compact bamboo. It has outstanding variegated foliage that provides impact throughout the year. It also has an excellent compact and spreading habit making it suitable for mass or drift planting. Ideal in a mixed border alongside lower growing shrubs and herbaceous plants.


Pleioblastus viridi-Striata - Cultivation Notes

Be prepared for vigorous growth and potentially invasive roots, but also take full advantage of this plants outstanding golden green foliage and compact rather un bamboo like form. Plant in a sheltered spot in sun or part shade and ensure the soil is well drained yet also fertile. A winter mulch from time to time will help improve this. Looks good in a pot.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Pleioblastus viridi-Striata:

  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • 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

Weaknesses of Pleioblastus viridi-Striata

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

Design & Plant Use for Pleioblastus viridi-Striata:

  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Ornamental grass for summer long foliage interest
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