Little Red Head Clumping Bamboo (Fargesia rufa ‘Little Redhead’)

Little Red Head Clumping Bamboo

  • Hardy Clumping Bamboo That is Not Invasive!
  • Outstanding Organic Shape and Fine Texture
  • Features Blue-Green Shoots with Red Sheath in Spring
  • Lovely Fluttering Leaves Rustle in the Breeze
  • Provides a Tranquil Mask for Noise Pollution
  • Fast Growing
  • Canes (Called Culms) Grow Upright then Cascade Down
  • Tolerates Full Sun or Afternoon Shade
  • Easy Care
  • Excellent Screen
  • Shear into Hedges
  • Deer Rarely Damage This Improved Cultivar

Bring beauty, grace and colorful motion to your landscape with this rock-solid performer. There aren’t many plants tougher or faster growing than this non-invasive selection of Clumping Bamboo.

Forget rhizomes that spread underground to become a garden pest. Little Red Head Clumping Bamboo (Fargesia rufa ‘Little Red Head”) stays put in a tight mound, and delivers an exceptional performance and a fantastic tropical vibe.

The tall green culms have a showy red sheath that catches the eye of all who see it. The culms first grow straight upright, then cascade down to form a wonderful mushroom shape.

Branches emerge at the nodes of the culms and hold delicate, downturned leaves. A mature stand of Little Red Head Clumping Bamboo grows plenty tall for screening.

Shield your family from unpleasant views and sounds with a natural sound barrier. You’ll breathe deep and relax with the help of these lush plants as the wind plays through the leaves in a gentle rustle.

Little Red Head Clumping Bamboo is a gorgeous grass to use in either sun or shade. Turn heads with a sophisticated hedge. . .whether you want to formally shear them or allow them to develop as a free form, sculptural accent.

Although you can easily prune them down for size control, we recommend that you keep it easy on yourself. Give them enough room to reach their full height and spread listed on the Plant Highlights.

How to Use Little Red Head Clumping Bamboo in the Landscape

Smaller than other selections, Little Red Head grows into a very useful landscape asset. A single plant can be kept as a lawn planting, or a short row used to hide a shed.

Why not use them to improve the look of mature windbreaks? Their handsome kinetic energy and lavish red and green growth adds visual appeal, and the fluttering leaves further mask highway or street sounds.

Because it takes full sun or partial shade, Little Red can be grown as a hedge at the edge of your property. You’ll be thrilled how well it does in dappled shade.

Create a solid screen by planting six feet apart on center. You’ll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Plant several engaging Little Red Heads in an informal grouping to soften the area near your patio seating. Vary the width between and from front to back to bring a wonderfully Zen feel to your entertainment area.

For a modern garden feature, plant a series of them 12 – 15 feet apart and mulch between. You’ll appreciate each clump as an individual plant.

Don’t forget outdoor lighting to extend the enjoyment into the evening and night hours. Place the light at the base, then uplight into the beautiful canopy for great effect.

Little Red Head Clumping Bamboo makes a great backdrop, as well. Place an outdoor dining table and chairs in its shade for a unique setting that will spark lively conversation under the stars.

Tips for Care

Grow them in full sun or partial shade in warmer zones. They do fine with a little afternoon shade but need at least four hours of direct sunlight a day.

This rugged charmer tolerates both moisture and drought. They will adapt to a wide variety of soil types without worry.

The first season, help their roots get established in your soil with a consistent schedule of moderate water. You’ll be thrilled with the life-long results of Nature Hills Root Booster used during planting, be sure to add a pack to your order.

Keep them trimmed in late winter. For a formal hedge, shear the sides with vertical cuts, then clean up any dried culms using hand shears.

You’ll definitely treasure these non-invasive Clumping Bamboo plants with their extraordinary red stalks.

Little Red Head Clumping Bamboo (Fargesia rufa ‘Little Redhead’) Details

Common name Little Red Head Clumping Bamboo
Botanical name Fargesia rufa 'Little Redhead'
Plant type Perennial
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Fast
Height 8 - 10 ft.
Width 8 - 10 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Adaptable to Most Soils
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time Late Winter