Fargesia dracocephala ‘Rufa’

dragon's head bamboo

  • © Noah Bell - www.bamboogarden.com

  • © Noah Bell - www.bamboogarden.com

  • © Noah Bell - www.bamboogarden.com

Outstanding Qualities

A great evergreen bamboo without the aggressive traits often associated with this group of plants. Introduced to the U.S. in 1995, dragon's head bamboo has quickly proven itself as a top performer. The tight clumping non-running habit and feathery arching canes make a graceful presence in the home garden. In early summer new canes quickly grow up to 10 feet tall making it a great screening plant for fast coverage. It also has wonderful versatility growing well in shade to full sun as long as it is not a hot location. Mix it with bolder foliage to highlight the fine bamboo texture.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: clumping bamboo

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to dappled shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering during prolonged dry periods

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: variegated, blue, gold, burgundy

Great Color Partners: dark green, silver

Culture Notes
This clumping bamboo grows best in rich moist to well-drained soils. It will tolerate sand or clay if drainage is adequate. Plant it in full sun to dappled shade avoiding hot locations that can cause the foliage to wither in dry weather. Occasionally, bamboo mite can be a problem. Pruning to the ground in late winter and removing fallen foliage will help reduce this pest. Purchasing plants free of this pest is the best way to avoid an infestation.