The Indocalamus has by far some of the largest leaves on any bamboo plant in cultivation. Its large, oblong leaves can grow very large, up to 2′x4″. We love this plant here at our nursery. It makes an excellent container plant. The huge leaves fill in a container, spilling out over the sides. The Indocalamus can easily fit in any settings, whether you want an Asian, tropical, jungle or even a South Polynesian garden, this bamboo fits most any garden design. The Indocalamus is a large, mounding shrub that can grow between 4′-10′, depending on your climate. In its native habitat it is used as a food wrap, similar to how corn husks are used in the Americas for wrapping and cooking food. It naturally grows as an under story plant in shady areas, making it a good choice for a houseplant as well. Here in Southern Oregon, where we can get over 100°F, it can easily take full sun without any problems.
Indocalamus Tessellatus Synonyms: Sasa tessellata, Arundinaria ragamowskii. Height x Diameter: Ht. 10’x.5”. Minimum temperature: Hardy to 0°F. USDA zone 6-9. Find your zone here. Light: Part shade to full sun. Culm: Green. Uses: Container, shrub hedge, under story, culinary. Distribution: China. Spread: Running.
The last photo is an example of a #1 (1 gallon) Indocalamus tessellatus, however, it is not the exact plant that you will receive. Your plant will be approximately 1-2 years old, 1'-2' tall, with 1-3 culms (canes).