A recent introduction from China’s Sichuan Province, this species is a vigorous, upright grower with handsome, dense, dark green, glossy foliage. The long, narrow leaves are carried on pink branchlets. Culms are yellow-green when new aging to a ruddy color. The name “rufa”, meaning “red”, refers to the distinctive orange-red culm sheaths. Tolerant of full sun, but probably happiest in light shade, at least in warm climates. New to cultivation in the U.S, its size at maturity and its cold hardiness remain to be precisely determined. It has shown excellent cold hardiness, and should be top hardy to at least 10°F. Some sources indicate that the plant is top hardy to 8°F. A rare and beautiful garden specimen.
Fargesia dracocephala ‘Rufa’ (Dragon Head bamboo, clumping bamboo)
$38.00 – $49.00
(Gramineae – grass family)
clumping species, very vigorous
max ht 10′ • max culm dia 0.5″ • min temp -6°F •
Native to central Sichuan Province, China
up to 1½' tall, 1½'-3'
Hedge or Screen
$46.00 – $94.00
$28.00 – $40.00