Kumazasa Sasa veitchii

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


Sasa veitchii, commonly known as the Veitch's bamboo or Kumazasa, is a species of bamboo native to Japan. This plant is recognized by its broad, lush green leaves that have a distinctive characteristic. As the colder months approach, the edges of the leaves undergo a transformation, turning a creamy white color which gives a striking variegated appearance. This winter coloration contrasts beautifully against the rest of the green leaf, drawing attention and adding visual interest to the plant's appearance. The leaves are leathery and have a rough texture, with a shape that is typically elongated and pointed at the end. The plant forms dense clumps with numerous leaves, creating a bushy and full appearance. The substantial foliage of the Veitch's bamboo is carried on stems that may slightly arch with the weight of the leaves. Although typically used as a ground cover, it also showcases a resilience that allows it to thrive under a canopy of trees or in open spaces. With its unique and variegated leaves, Veitch's bamboo is often used in gardens for its ornamental appeal, where it can provide a striking contrast to other plants and a lush ground cover year-round, changing its look with the seasons.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Veitch's Bamboo, Veitch's Dwarf Bamboo, Kumazasa

    • Common names

      Arundinaria veitchii, Sasa albomarginata, Sasa variegata.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant known as Sasa veitchii, commonly referred to as Kumazasa, is not generally considered toxic to humans. There is limited information on its toxicity, as it is not known to be a common cause of poisoning. Consequently, no specific symptoms of poisoning related to this plant are widely recognized. Therefore, while ingesting Sasa veitchii is unlikely to cause harm, it is always prudent to exercise caution and avoid consuming plants that are not meant for human consumption or that have not been verified as safe to eat.

    • To pets

      Sasa veitchii, commonly known as Kumazasa, is not widely recognized as a toxic plant for pets. There is a scarcity of information regarding its toxicity in household animals, and it is not typically listed as a plant that is dangerous for them to consume. As with humans, there are no specific symptoms of poisoning prominently associated with this plant. However, it is always advisable to prevent pets from eating plants that are not explicitly identified as safe for their consumption, as individual animals may have unique sensitivities or allergies.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Height

      3-6 feet (0.91-1.83 meters)

    • Spread

      3-6 feet (0.91-1.83 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Landscape Design: Sasa veitchii, commonly known as Kumazasa, is a popular ornamental grass used in landscaping for its aesthetic appeal, featuring distinctive cream-colored leaf margins that create a striking pattern.
    • Erosion Control: Its dense growth habit and strong root system make it effective at controlling soil erosion on slopes and in areas susceptible to surface runoff.
    • Low Maintenance: Kumazasa is a hardy plant that requires little care once established, making it a practical choice for gardeners seeking low-maintenance landscaping options.
    • Shade Tolerance: This bamboo variety thrives in shaded areas, providing a green cover in parts of the garden that may not support other types of plants as easily.
    • Wildlife Shelter: Its thick foliage can provide shelter and nesting opportunities for various small animals and birds, enhancing local biodiversity.
    • Privacy Screening: When planted in groups, Kumazasa can create a dense, fast-growing screen, offering privacy and reducing noise from surroundings.
    • Seasonal Interest: The change in leaf color, where the edges turn a pale brown in the winter, adds seasonal interest to gardens and landscapes.
    • Soil Improvement: By adding organic matter as leaves fall and decay, Kumazasa can contribute to soil quality and fertility over time.

  • 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

    • Sasa veitchii, commonly known as Kumazasa, leaves are woven into mats, baskets, and various handicrafts, demonstrating its utility in traditional Japanese craft-making.
    • The rigid, durable leaves of Kumazasa can be fashioned into roofing material for small structures, showcasing their natural resistance to weathering.
    • With its unique patterned appearance, the leaves of Kumazasa are used for decorative purposes, often seen embellishing traditional Japanese cuisine or as a natural plate liner.
    • Kumazasa leaves are also utilized as natural packaging material for goods like mochi, providing an eco-friendly alternative to plastics.
    • The broad leaves of Kumazasa can be cut into strips and used to create natural cordage or twine, useful for gardening or craft projects.
    • Kumazasa is sometimes planted as a form of ground cover in Japanese gardens, contributing to the landscape's aesthetic appeal with its variegated leaves.
    • In rural areas, Kumazasa shoots are used as a natural fodder for livestock, especially in the spring when young shoots are tender and nutritious.
    • Due to its dense growing habit, Kumazasa can be planted for soil erosion control on slopes or areas prone to degradation.
    • Kumazasa plays a role in traditional Japanese fence-making by providing a sturdy and visually pleasing element to the woven structure.
    • The fibrous content of Kumazasa leaves can be processed to create pulp, which is an alternative material for eco-friendly paper production.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Sasa veitchii, commonly known as Kumazasa or Bear Bamboo, is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Kumazasa is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Sasa veitchii, commonly known as "Kuma bamboo grass" or "Bear bamboo," often symbolizes resilience due to its ability to withstand cold winter climates and sprout vigorously in the spring.
    • Endurance: As a hardy plant that survives under snow cover, Kuma bamboo grass represents endurance through adverse conditions.
    • Harmony with Nature: This plant often grows in natural, undisturbed areas, symbolizing a harmonious existence with the surrounding environment.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Late winter
As needed
  • water dropWater

    For Sasa veitchii, commonly known as the Kumazasa or Japanese bamboo leaf, water thoroughly when the top inch of the soil feels dry to the touch. Ensure the water is evenly distributed across the soil until it begins to drain from the bottom of the pot. This plant prefers to stay consistently moist but not waterlogged. Generally, watering once a week with approximately half a gallon should suffice, but this can vary depending on the climate and indoor conditions. During the growing season in spring and summer, you might need to water more frequently, always checking the soil moisture before doing so.

  • sunLight

    Kumazasa prefers a spot that offers part shade. It thrives best in bright, indirect light but can tolerate lower light conditions. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, so you should avoid placing it in a south-facing window without any shade. An ideal location would be near a window with filtered light or a spot that gets morning sun and afternoon shade.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Japanese bamboo leaf plants are cold-hardy and can withstand a minimum temperature of around 0 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit but prefer a range between 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal growth. They do not tolerate extreme heat well, so make sure to protect them from temperatures exceeding 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Ensure the plant is positioned in a place where the temperature remains fairly consistent and not prone to drastic fluctuations.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Japanese bamboo leaf is essential to maintain its shape and encourage new growth. The best time to prune is in the late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Cut back any brown or damaged leaves to maintain a tidy appearance. Pruning can be done annually or as needed throughout the year to remove old leaves and control the spread of the plant.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Sasa veitchii, commonly known as Kumazasa or Broad-leaved Bamboo, should be rich, well-draining, and slightly acidic to neutral. A blend comprising of loam, sand, and a modest amount of organic matter like compost will suit well. Aim for a soil pH between 5.5 and 7.0 for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Kumazasa does not typically need frequent repotting due to its spreading nature; repotting every 2 to 3 years should suffice. However, monitor its growth and repot if it becomes root-bound or the soil appears to be depleted.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Kumazasa thrives best in moderate to high humidity levels. Aim to maintain the humidity around the plant at 40-60% for ideal conditions. Ensuring good air circulation can help prevent any humidity-related issues.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Kumazasa in bright, indirect light; water regularly to keep soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Kumazasa in partial shade, rich soil, ensure space for spread.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA.

  • circleLife cycle

    Sasa veitchii, commonly known as the Veitch's bamboo or Kumazasa, is a species of flowering plant from the grass family, Poaceae. The life of this plant begins with seed germination, where warmth and moisture allow the seed to sprout and develop a small root system and shoot. Following germination, the plant enters the vegetative state, characterized by the rapid growth of roots, shoots, and leaves; during this stage, the extensive rhizome system develops, which is typical for bamboo plants. The mature phase is marked by the plant reaching its full size with a dense thicket of tall, broad leaves that can be up to 24 inches long. Veitch's bamboo exhibits a unique feature where the leaf margins turn cream or white in the winter, giving the plant its distinctive appearance. The reproductive stage is less frequent, with flowering occurring unpredictably, sometimes only every few decades, and often results in the death of the parent plant, a phenomenon common to many bamboo species.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late winter

    • Propogation: Sasa veitchii, commonly known as the Veitch's bamboo, can be propagated particularly well through division, which is the most popular method for this plant. The best time to propagate by division is in the spring as the plant emerges from dormancy and begins active growth. To propagate by division, carefully dig up a clump of the bamboo and use a sharp spade or knife to separate it into smaller sections, ensuring that each new section has at least one or two growing culms or shoots. These divisions can then be replanted at the same depth they were growing at originally. It is important to water the new divisions thoroughly after planting to help establish them.