Punting Pole Bamboo Pleioblastus humilis

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care


Pleioblastus humilis, commonly known as dwarf fernleaf bamboo, is a striking ornamental grass characterized by its dense, clump-forming growth habit. It features slender, green canes that gracefully arch outward, creating a texture that can add a soft, delicate touch to any garden space. The canes are complemented by small, lance-shaped leaves, which typically exhibit a vibrant green color, contributing to the lush visual appeal of the plant. The leaves of dwarf fernleaf bamboo are arrayed alternately along the canes, each one delicately attached to a thin stem. The plant has a bushy appearance, with foliage filling in from the base to the tip of the canes, giving it a full, robust look despite its compact nature. The foliage can show a subtle variegation or different hues of green, catching the light and creating a gentle rustling sound as the breeze passes through. Spring brings additional interest to this bamboo, as new shoots emerge from the ground, often showcasing a lighter tone of green or sporting a protective sheath that eventually falls away as the cane matures. Despite the absence of prominent flowers, which are unremarkable and often go unnoticed, the continual growth and replace of the foliage keeps the plant looking fresh throughout the growing season.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Dwarf Fernleaf Bamboo, Pygmy Bamboo, Pleioblastus Pygmy.

    • Common names

      Arundinaria humilis, Bambusa humilis, Sinarundinaria humilis, Pleioblastus simonii var. humilis.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Pleioblastus humilis, more commonly known as the Dwarf bamboo, is not widely regarded as toxic to humans. There is limited information on the plant causing any systemic toxicity when ingested. However, as with many plant species, individual allergies or sensitivities can occur, potentially resulting in localized skin irritation or gastrointestinal discomfort if ingested. No severe symptoms of poisoning from Dwarf bamboo are commonly reported.

    • To pets

      Dwarf bamboo is not well-documented to be toxic to pets either. The ingestion of this plant typically does not result in severe symptoms of poisoning. However, pets may experience mild gastrointestinal upset if they consume a significant amount of the plant due to the fiber content or natural plant compounds. Always monitor your pets if they have ingested any part of the Dwarf bamboo and consult a veterinarian if any concerning symptoms arise.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Height

      3 feet [0.91 meters]

    • Spread

      3 feet [0.91 meters]

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Erosion Control: Pleioblastus humilis, also known as Pygmy Bamboo, has a robust rooting system, which helps prevent soil erosion on slopes.
    • Low Maintenance: Pygmy Bamboo requires minimal upkeep once established, making it a convenient choice for gardeners.
    • Garden Aesthetics: With its dense foliage and compact growth habit, Pygmy Bamboo provides a lush, green appearance that can enhance garden aesthetics.
    • Privacy Screen: Its ability to grow closely together makes it an ideal natural screen for increased privacy in gardens or backyards.
    • Wildlife Habitat: Pygmy Bamboo can offer shelter and food for various species of wildlife, contributing to biodiversity.
    • Sound Barrier: The dense growth of Pygmy Bamboo can help reduce noise pollution by acting as a sound barrier.
    • Frost Hardy: It is tolerant to cold temperatures, which makes it suitable for temperate climates that experience frost.
    • Fast Growth: Pygmy Bamboo is a fast-growing plant, which allows for quick establishment and coverage.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • As a fencing material: Pleioblastus humilis can be gathered and used to create a natural, living fence around a garden or property, providing privacy and wind protection.
    • Crafting DIY flutes: The hard, hollow stems of the plant have been utilized to make traditional flutes or other musical instruments.
    • Erosion control: This plant can be planted on slopes or areas prone to erosion to help stabilize the soil with its root system.
    • Garden design: The distinctive appearance of Pleioblastus humilis can be used to add structure and style to ornamental gardens, as it maintains a lush, green look year-round.
    • Livestock fodder: In some regions, the young shoots and leaves of Pleioblastus humilis are fed to livestock as a supplementary forage.
    • Landscape restoration: Pleioblastus humilis is sometimes used in reforestation projects or habitat restoration due to its fast growth and ability to thrive in various conditions.
    • Noise reduction: Planting a thick barrier of Pleioblastus humilis can help diminish noise from roads or neighbors, acting as a sound buffer.
    • Support stakes: The strong canes of Pleioblastus humilis can be harvested and used as stakes or poles to support other plants in the garden.
    • Beekeeping: Pleioblastus humilis flowers can provide pollen for bees, aiding local beekeeping efforts and promoting pollination in the area.
    • Handicrafts: The canes may be used in making small household items or decorative crafts, capitalizing on the bamboo's natural aesthetics and strength.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Punted Bamboo is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Punted Bamboo is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Pleioblastus humilis, commonly known as Dwarf Fernleaf Bamboo, is a hardy plant that can thrive in various conditions, symbolizing the ability to endure and adapt to life's challenges.
    • Growth: As a bamboo species, it represents rapid growth and progress, both personally and professionally.
    • Flexibility: Bamboo is known for its flexibility, bending with the wind but rarely breaking, portraying the idea of being open and adaptable to change while maintaining integrity.
    • Simplicity: The straightforward growth pattern and modest appearance of Dwarf Fernleaf Bamboo evoke the simplicity and unpretentiousness valued in certain cultures, particularly in the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi.
    • Good Luck: In many Asian cultures, bamboo is a symbol of good fortune and is often associated with prosperity, peace, and happiness.
    • Protection: This plant is sometimes used as a protective barrier or hedge, symbolizing the establishment of boundaries and shelter from harm.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The dwarf fernleaf bamboo should be watered regularly to maintain a consistently moist soil, especially during the active growing season in the spring and summer. It's important to avoid letting the soil dry out completely but also to prevent waterlogging. An ideal approach is to water the plant deeply once a week with approximately 1 gallon of water, adjusting for rainfall and temperature conditions. During hot, dry spells, you may need to water twice a week. In the colder months, reduce watering frequency, providing enough water to prevent the soil from completely drying out.

  • sunLight

    The dwarf fernleaf bamboo thrives best in partial shade, though it can also tolerate full sun in cooler climates. It should be placed in a spot where it receives dappled sunlight or at least three to four hours of direct sun per day. Avoid placing it in deep shade as this can impede its growth and vitality.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Dwarf fernleaf bamboo prefers moderate climates and is hardy in USDA zones 5 through 9. It can tolerate temperatures as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal temperature range for this bamboo is between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, which helps to ensure optimal growth and health.

  • scissorsPruning

    Dwarf fernleaf bamboo should be pruned to manage its size and to remove any dead or yellowing culms. The best time to prune is in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Cut back up to one-third of the older culms to ground level each year to encourage fresh growth and maintain a healthy and compact plant structure.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Pygmy Bamboo (Pleioblastus humilis) prefers a well-draining soil mix with a high content of organic matter. A suitable soil mixture can be created by mixing equal parts of garden soil, compost, and peat or perlite. The best pH range for Pygmy Bamboo is slightly acidic to neutral (pH 5.5 to 7).

  • plantRepotting

    Pygmy Bamboo should be repotted every two to three years to refresh the soil and accommodate its growth. This plant can quickly become root-bound, so upgrading to a slightly larger pot during repotting is recommended.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Pygmy Bamboo thrives in moderate to high humidity levels, ideally between 40% and 60%. If the air is too dry, the leaves may start to curl or become crisp at the edges.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light; protect from dry air and draughts.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade, mulch well, and shelter from harsh winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Pleioblastus humilis, commonly known as Dwarf bamboo, begins its life cycle as a seed that germinates in a suitable, moist environment, typically in the spring. The seedling develops into a small clump with narrow leaves, using energy from photosynthesis to grow and establish a root system. As the plant matures, it spreads primarily through rhizomes, a type of underground stem, which enables the bamboo to form dense, expanding colonies. Dwarf bamboo reaches maturity within a few years, during which it develops culms, or bamboo stalks, that may reach up to 1 meter in height. The plant rarely flowers, and when it does, it usually happens after a long period, potentially several decades, followed by the production of seeds and then often dying back. The life cycle continues as new seeds or rhizomes spread and develop into fresh bamboo plants, perpetuating the species.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method of propagation for Pleioblastus humilis, commonly known as Dwarf Fernleaf Bamboo, is through division. This process is typically done in the spring when the plant is emerging from dormancy and the energy reserves in the rhizomes are at their peak for supporting new growth. To propagate by division, a sharp spade or knife is used to separate a section of the bamboo that has at least one healthy culm (stem) and several rhizomes with roots attached. The division should be promptly planted in a prepared site or pot with well-draining soil, at the same depth as it was originally growing. It's important to keep the new division well-watered, especially in its first growing season to encourage root establishment and growth.