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Edible uses


Young shoots - cooked. Somewhat acrid, they are prepared for eating by boiling in one change of water, the water being changed after 8 - 10 minutes. A distinctive taste and aroma. The shoots are harvested in the spring when they are about 8cm above the ground, cutting them about 5cm below soil level.

Material uses

The canes make good plant supports. The rhizome is used in making umbrella handles, wickerwork, canes etc.

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The leaves are antipyretic and diuretic[1]. They are used internally in the treatment of fevers (especially infantile convulsions), vomiting and nosebleeds[2]. The leave are harvested during the growing season and dried for later use[2].

The juice of the stems is antipyretic, antitussive, expectorant and sedative[3][4][1]. It is taken internally in the treatment of lung infections with cough and phlegm[2]. The sap is pressed from young stems in the summer and then dried for later use[2]. The epidermis of the stem bark is antiemetic and sedative[3][4][1]. It is used internally in the treatment of vomiting, nosebleeds, coughs etc[2]. The epidermis is collected from young stems in the summer and is dried for later use[2].

The root is astringent, antipyretic, depurative, diuretic and styptic[3][4][1]. It has been used in the treatment of rabies[3][2]. A decoction is also used in the treatment of high fevers and nocturnal fretfulness in infants[3]. The roots are harvested in the winter and dried for later use[2].


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Seed - surface sow as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse at about 20°c. Do not allow the compost to dry out. Germination usually takes place fairly quickly so long as the seed is of good quality, though it can take 3 - 6 months. Grow on in a lightly shaded place in the greenhouse until large enough to plant out. Seed is rarely available.

Division in spring as new growth commences. Divisions from the open ground do not transplant well, so will need careful treatment and nurturing under cover in pots until at least late spring[2]. Division is best carried out in wet weather and small divisions will establish better than large clumps[2]. Another report says that you can take large divisions from established clumps and transfer them straight to their permanent positions, misting or drenching them frequently until they are established[5].

Basal cane cuttings in spring.

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Requires a rich damp soil in a sheltered position[5] and plenty of moisture in the growing season[6].

A very hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to at least -7°c, but it dislikes prolonged exposure to hard frosts[5]. A very ornamental plant[6], this form of P. nigra is often grown for food and ornament. This species is notably resistant to honey fungus[5]. Plants only flower at intervals of many years. When they do come into flower most of the plants energies are directed into producing seed and consequently the plant is severely weakened. They sometimes die after flowering, but if left alone they will usually recover though they will look very poorly for a few years. If fed with artificial NPK fertilizers at this time the plants are more likely to die[7]. This is a good companion species to grow in a woodland because the plants are shallow rooted and do not compete with deep rooted trees[8]. The plant has a running rootstock, though not aggressively so in the cooler climate of Britain[5]. and it produces new shoots from May[9]. Dead stems can be removed at any time of the year[2]. It is also possible to thin the clumps in spring, leaving only the strongest stems and thus creating an open grove-like effect[2].

Cultivated for its edible young shoots in China[10]. This species has been widely planted for ornament in the Mediterranean and is becoming established[11].


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Full Data

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Binomial name
Phyllostachys nigra punctata
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
partial shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
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    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    6 x meters
    Flower Colour
    Flower Type


    1. ? Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-20-4 (1985-00-00)
    2. ? Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London. ISBN 0-7513-020-31 (1995-00-00)
    3. ? ? A Barefoot Doctors Manual. Running Press ISBN 0-914294-92-X ()
    4. ? Yeung. Him-Che. Handbook of Chinese Herbs and Formulas. Institute of Chinese Medicine, Los Angeles (1985-00-00)
    5. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    7. ? ? The Plantsman. Vol. 1. 1979 - 1980. Royal Horticultural Society (1979-00-00)
    8. ? Farrelly. D. The Book of Bamboo Sierra Club. ISBN 0-87156-825-X (1984-00-00)
    9. ? Lawson. Bamboos. Faber (1968-00-00)
    10. ? Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
    11. ? ? Flora Europaea Cambridge University Press (1964-00-00)
    12. ? Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named PFAFimport-11

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