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Himalayacalamus hookerianus 'Baby Blue' - Dwarf Blue Bamboo

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bamboo
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Bhutan (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Drepanostachyum falcatum, H. "New Blue"]
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: Clumping
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Himalayacalamus hookerianus 'Baby Blue' (Dwarf Blue Bamboo) - This dwarf form of the Blue Bamboo was selected at San Marcos Growers. It forms an attractive clump of upright 1/4 inch wide culms to about 6 feet tall with 6 inch long dark green leaves. The newly emerging shoots are a dark purple and age to a dark green color with a slight bluish cast. Plant in morning sun or light shade in Southern California to full sun further north. Hardy to 15 degrees F. Good for use for a small hedge planting or for large containers. Himalayacalamus hookerianus in cultivation in California flowered continuously through the 1990's. A plant at Abe Nursery in Carpinteria, California set viable seed which was collected and the resulting seedling plants were quite variable. The plants from this seed were variable with some retaining the characteristics of the species as typically described and others, like our dwarf form, seem to have remained in a juvenile stage. To distinguish this form from the regular form of Blue Bamboo, which we also grow, we have named this smaller form 'Baby Blue'. In addition we grow 'Teague's Blue', a selection that is more robust than the normal form and was named for San Diego plantsmen Bill Teague.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Himalayaclamus 'Baby Blue'.