Forum home Plants

Does this look like bamboo at all?

CraighBCraighB Posts: 745
Hi guys,

Does this look like bamboo or is it some type of Perennial Grass?



  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    I'm not sure what it is but personally, I don't think it's bamboo. 
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,636
    Looks a lot like hakonechloa to me - pretty grass that likes damp conditions and whose stems turn purple as the weather cools.  It will all fade to straw colour over winter and then, come spring, start to re-grow with fresh stems.  Old shoots and stems should be removed as soon as new shoots show and before they get big enough to have their tips damaged by the cut back.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 745
    Definately not Crocosmia. This plant has very thin stems with big leaves at the end. But I'm glad to hear it's not bamboo as my mum had a major problem with it in her garden.

    I just didn't know if it was a baby bamboo :)

    I'm going to look up hakonechloa and hopefully this will be it :)

  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 745
    Yes just looked up this plant @Obelixx and I agree it does very much look like this! It does look like a very pretty plant :)
  • I'd wondered if it could be a stray piece of phalaris.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,565
    Another vote for Hakonechloa, probably the variety macra Aureola which is the one that I have, and it looks just the same. Hard to be sure when it's dying back for the winter though.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,942
    Ditto - looks like Hakonechloa to me too. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
Sign In or Register to comment.