Fargesia Murielae Luca

Fargesia murielae ‘Luca’ which is also referred to as just ‘Luca’ and commonly called umbrella bamboo is a dwarf, evergreen, clumping bamboo variety.  It is a new non-invasive bamboo native to upland areas of China. They feature thin, colourful culms topped by glossy fountain foliage; hence its common name – Dwarf fountain bamboo.

Its slender woody canes emerge as green and turn yellow as they age. They grow to form a crowded, tight mass that suppresses weed growth in the growing site. At the top of each slender cane, narrow, overlapping, slightly waved, pointed leaves grow to create a dense cover.

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It is a useful garden plant and makes an impressive ground cover because its slow spreading habit makes it a great plant even in poor growing conditions. Its tolerance for poor growing conditions and general hardiness makes it an ideal plant for container cultivation in cold and chilly climates.

Fargesia murielae 'Luca' - Dwarf Fountain Bamboo

Fargesia murielae ‘Luca’ – Dwarf Fountain Bamboo

How to grow Fargesia murielae ‘Luca’

Fargesia murielae ‘Luca’ is easy to grow and even easier to cultivate. It grows well in poor conditions and can be cultivated as a container plant. It is propagated by division or by taking cuttings of young rhizomes in spring.

Moist, well-draining soil and full sun with partial shade will encourage the healthiest growth of ‘Luca’.

Where should I position Fargesia murielae ‘Luca’ in my garden?

The best foliage and growth of ‘Luca’ is achieved when the plant is grown in partial shade, though it is tolerant of the full sun. It can be placed to face the south, east, north, or west but still slightly sheltered.

How tall does Fargesia murielae ‘Luca’ grow and spread?

Although ‘Luca’ is derived from Umbrella bamboo, it will never reach the same heights that its parent plants can reach and only grows to a length of 50 centimetres. It spreads about double the length to 100 centimetres.

What kind of soil does Fargesia murielae ‘Luca’ need?

Though ‘Luca’ can survive in poor growing conditions, the ideal soil type to grow a successful dwarf fountain bamboo is clay or loamy soil. Ensure that the soil is moist but well-drained for the best results.

Further Reading:

We have further information on the following types of bamboo: Fargesia Asian Wonder, Fargesia murielae ‘Luca’, Fountain Bamboo Fargesia rufa, Phyllostachys aurea aureocaulis, Phyllostachys Bissetii, Pleioblastus Distichus and Pseudosasa japonica Arrow Bamboo.

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