Problem Plant: Bamboo

Bamboo (Bambusa, Phyllostachys, and Pseudosasa spp.)

First introduced in 1882 as ornamentals and still favored for their screening capabilities, these fast-growing Asian grass species are now reported as invasive from Maryland through Virginia and all of the south as far as Texas. Sprouts can grow 12 inches a day and roots can travel 20 feet away from the original clump.

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Tags: Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), Bottlebrush Grass (Elymus hystrix), Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans), Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), Dominate sites, creating a monoculture, Spread rapidly via underground rhizomes, Displace native vegetation through crowding and shading, Can cause property damage to pool liners, decks, and foundations, Grass to provide vertical interest and screening