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Fargesia rufa

Fargesia dracocephala ‘Rufa’ | Dragon Head Bamboo

Hardy Perennial

What is Hardy Perennial?

Clump forming bamboo

Great for screens or accents

Non-invasive and very hardy

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Fargesia rufa is an award-winning bamboo, with a classic weeping umbrella shape and young bright green stems that mature to yellow-green. The stem sheaths and side branches develop attractive shades of copper. Shiny, evergreen foliage is light to dark green, depending on whether it is grown in bright light or shade.

Unlike many other bamboos, Fargesia rufa is a clumping, non-invasive variety. Although it takes a little longer than running bamboos to fill in, it will grow into a dense screen that is perfect for hiding eyesores or providing privacy. Its clumping habit and medium height also make this variety perfect as a specimen accent planted in containers, or in borders, where you won’t have to worry about it taking over your garden. Moreover, unlike other clumping varieties, which tend to be less frost tolerant, Fargesia rufa is extremely hardy, as well as tolerant of heat and sun. RHS Award of Garden Merit. Maximum height: 3m (10ft). Spread: 1.5m (5ft).

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

Height Up to 3m (10ft)
Spread Up to 1.5m (5ft)

Hardy Perennial

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full sunsun or semi shade


1 x 19cm Potted Plant (KF5065)
2 x 19cm Potted Plants (KF5066)

When growing Fargesia rufa in pots, choose a soil based compost such as John Innes No. 3. Repot the plant, firming well into the new container, then water well and position in full sun or semi shade. Alternatively plant directly into borders in any moist, free draining soil. Bamboos dislike poor, dry soils. If your soil is particularly free draining, improve it by adding plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost prior to planting. Choose a sheltered position that is protected from cold, drying winds. Fargesia is a non-invasive, clump-forming bamboo.
Feed and water bamboo plants regularly, particularly when grown in containers. Repot into successively larger containers as plants increase in size. Once bamboo plants are established, thin out any weak, damaged or unwanted canes in spring, cutting them back to ground level, and apply a mulch of well rotted manure or compost to the base of the plant. Mature bamboos can be divided in spring if clumps become congested.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

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