December 06, 2017

Berries of the Heavenly Bamboo

Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine, Kamigyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100
北野天満宮(京都市上京区馬喰町)

The fine-texture foliage of Heavenly Bamboo is a more delicate stand-in for bamboo, with the bonus of red winter berries. Reddish new leaves mature to blue-gray as the showy flower spikes form and begin to bloom. In colder climates, the plants may drop their leaves; in warmer areas, the foliage reddens in winter. Heavenly bamboo forms an airy layer under trees in dry shade, but it performs best in moist, fertile, well-drained soil.

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