It’s funny to think that we have a species native to us that looks so much like species on the other side of the world. However, don’t go looking for it as it may take you years to find.
Wild Bamboo, formally Lasiacia divaricata, is a long lived perennial shrub commonly found in a woodland environment. It gets its common name from the fact that it looks like a miniature bamboo species. It grows three to six feet in height and about two to three in width. L. divaricata grows laterally in form, making it an interesting addition to any landscape. It is well known for its foliage as well. This species tends to require moist soils, but can survive a period of drought. However, it is not salt tolerant. It is most common in ecosystem restoration, as it is not commonly found in nurseries. However, if you can get your hands on it, it makes a delightful accent shrub in shaded areas.
By Marlene Rodak