Tropical Gardening: Bamboos: Don’t judge all by the one you know

  • Culms of bamboo species may vary from yellow to green and even red or striped like this Bambusa clumping form. (Courtesy photo/Voltaire Moise)

There are more than 1,200 species of bamboo that vary from a few inches tall like Sasa pygmea pygmea to giants like Dendrocalamus brandisii at 120 feet in height. There are runners that may spread if not contained, and others that form well-mannered clumps.