Fargesia rufa: the Chinese fountain bamboo

fargesia rufa

Fargesia rufa is a beautiful and very hardy woody bamboo. In general, it is native to western China. There are many common names of fargesia such as hardy bamboo, Dragonhead bamboo, and many more. This plant is that it grows fast. However, it grows best in a loamy soil.


FamilyPoaceae, bamboo
SpeciesF. rufa 
Plant typeHerbaceous perennial, Bamboos
Growth rateFast
AttractsBees, butterflies, and hummingbirds

What are the names of fargesia rufa?

Chinese fountain bamboo, Green Panda’, Fargesia dracocephala ‘Rufa’, hardy bamboo, dragon head bamboo are the most common names for Fargesia Rufa.

Scientific name: Fargesia rufa, Fargesia dracocephala ‘Rufa’

fargesia rufa

Plant Care

SunPartial Shade, Full Sun
Preferred Soil drainageMoisture-retentive
Level of Soil pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Suitable Soil typeLoamy, Clay
Origin/nativewestern china

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How to care for Fargesia rufa?

Generally, it grows best with morning sun and afternoon shade. But, they can also tolerate full sun but will not grow to their best potential.

This plant can tolerate short periods of dryness. If the dry periods are prolonged, therefore, it is highly suggested that you water the growing plant.

The plant is best grown in organic, slightly acidic soil. Moreover, the soil must also be rich in nutrients and well-drained.

The best and most preferred fertilizer for bamboo is organic compost or manure. in fact the bamboo responds very well to it. Whereas, the best time to apply fertilizer to bamboo is during the shooting season.

If a bamboo gets wide, cut some of the outer culms back to ground level.

Fargesia rufa plant growth:
Bamboo plant grows 6 to 8 feet tall and 180 to 240cm wide.

Growth speed:
Generally, it is a fast-growing plant.

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