Fargesia Jiuzhaigou ‘Deep Purple’
Red Panda bamboo
Relatively new to cultivation, this cultivar of the Fargesia jiuzhaigou has dark purple canes and delicate foliage.
Fargesia Jiuzhaigou’s stems go through stages of yellow, green, orange and finally a deep shade of purple. The best colour develops when it is grown in full, direct sunshine. It Is also a clumping bamboo (as opposed to ‘running’ bamboo) and is thus more well behaved.
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From Sichuan Province in China this unusual clumping bamboo has a range of uses in contemporary gardens in the UK.
The species name ‘jiuzhaigou’ (pronounced ‘Ju-Zie-Gao’) translates to ‘the valley of nine villages’, a reference to a series of 9 old Tibetan villages that once inhabited the valley.
Grow it as a stand-alone specimen either in the ground or in a pot or planter, along the back of a border where it will provide an effective, dense, noise-reducing screen, or even as a hedge which can easily be trimmed to the preferred size and shape.
Care & Size Guidance
Easy to care for it will more or less look after itself with just an occasional watering during hot dry weather and the annual removal of any dead canes.