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River Cane, Giant Cane
Full sun to part shade, wet to medium moisture level, tolerant of a wide range of soils including clay, strongly acid to neutral pH. 3-25 feet height (up to 30 ft.), blooms in late winter to spring (but blooming is very rare), dark green flowers, spreads rapidly by rhizomes.
Germination Code: ?
Native Region: Scattered lightly statewide
This native bamboo provides an evergreen screen and is a good native alternative to the aggressive exotic bamboo. Forms open-to-dense colonies. ‘Tecta’ is a shorter form, seldom seen growing much over 20 feet. Host plant for several uncommon butterflies (pearly eyes and skippers).