Blue Bamboo

Himalayacalamus hookerianus 'Himalaya Blue'

Blue Bamboo - Himalayacalamus hookerianus  'Himalaya Blue'

Common Name: Blue Bamboo
Genus: Himalayacalamus
Species: hookerianus
Cultivar: 'Himalaya Blue'

Category: Grasses & Bamboos
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting bark, Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers, Provides winter colour

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 6.00 m (600 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 3.00 m (300 cm)

Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A hardier bluer variety that was found growing at altitudes above 2,800 m (8,400 ft) in the Himalayas. This bamboo is a relatively recent introduction to the UK where it is prized for its colourful canes. They emerge each year in early summer in shades of greeny-blue and fade after a couple of years to a greeny-yellow with shades of purple. It has delicate looking foliage and a very upright habit so is great for adding vertical interest. As it is a clump forming variety it is not invasive but it will spread to around 3m across. It looks stunning planted up in a large pot (just make sure you keep it well watered) or planted next to water.

Canes: Blue with purple tints fading to yellow.

Hardiness: May need protection in the first winter.

Garden Care: It will thrive in a cool, moist shaded position with protection from cold dry winds. Avoid very heavy soils that get waterlogged for long periods in winter. It can cope with snow and temperatures down to -9°C in its native environment but it may need a little help to become established here in the UK, so protect it with fleece for its first winter.