These plants can add a tropical aesthetic to your garden or home with minimal maintenance. These diverse plants may share some visual similarities with bamboo but offer unique characteristics and uses, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of indoor and outdoor spaces.
This is a beautiful, lush, evergreen plant perfect for any home. It can reach up to 30 feet in height and is native to Central and South America.
The Bamboo Palm, scientifically known as Chamaedorea seifrizii, is a tropical plant native to the rainforests of Central and South America. Despite its name, it’s not a bamboo at all but a type of palm in the Araceae family.
This palm is typically small, growing up to six feet tall, and has slender stems that produce lush, green foliage. It’s an ideal houseplant that can add a tropical feel to any room.
Bamboo Palms are popular houseplants because they are low-maintenance and they do well in a variety of lighting conditions. They require consistent moisture, so if you tend to under-water your plants you may want to skip this palm. They do well in a variety of light conditions ranging from low light to bright light, and can even tolerate being placed in north-facing windows.
The soil of bamboo palms should be kept evenly moist but never waterlogged. Bamboo palms are sensitive to both overwatering and under-watering, but it is always best to under-water rather than overwater. Allow the top of the soil to dry slightly between waterings.
These tropical palms enjoy warm temperatures and humid environments and are hardy in USDA zones 10-11. They are not frost-tolerant. Bamboo palms do well in typical household temperature and humidity levels but appreciate extra humidity where possible. Bamboo palms should be fertilized during the growing season to help encourage healthy growth. Granular, time-release fertilizers work best.
This plant resembles bamboo with its slender, cane-like stems and feathery, arching leaves.The Parlor Palm, also known as Chamaedorea elegans or Neanthe bella palm, is a small palm tree native to the rainforests in Southern Mexico and Guatemala. It’s one of the most extensively sold houseplant palms in the world.
This plant is known for its vibrant, lush tropical fronds. It’s often sold as a clump of several young plants. The Parlor Palm is a low-maintenance plant that’s tolerant of low light levels and dry air. It’s a good air purifier too, capable of filtering and purifying stagnant air.
In terms of care, the Parlor Palm grows best in tropical or indoor conditions with bright, indirect sunlight, well-drained acidic to neutral soil, and temperatures between 65°F and 75°F. It can adapt to lower light and lower temperatures. The plant should be watered regularly during the growing season and fed monthly. During winter, keep the compost on the dry side.
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The Parlor Palm is a slow grower and can take years to reach full height (2 to 6 feet indoors and 6 to 16 feet outdoors). It may produce sprays of tiny yellow flowers, followed by black fruits, when mature.
This plant adds an attractive touch of green that can live for up to a few decades as an indoor tree and longer outdoors in the right climate.
This plant has tall, bamboo-like stems. It’s native to the Mediterranean but has spread worldwide. The Giant Reed, also known as Arundo donax, is a tall perennial grass of the family Poaceae. It’s native to eastern Asia and has been widely introduced to southeastern North America, the Caribbean, and parts of the Mediterranean.
This plant is often found in wetlands and riparian habitats. It forms dense stands on disturbed sites, dunes, and wetlands. The Giant Reed generally grows to 6 meters (20 ft) in height, or in ideal conditions can exceed 10 meters (33 ft).
The hollow stems of the Giant Reed are 2 to 3 centimeters (0.79 to 1.18 in) in diameter. The grey-green sword-like leaves are alternate, 30 to 60 centimeters (12 to 24 in) long and 2 to 6 centimeters (0.79 to 2.36 in) wide with a tapered tip.
The plant reproduces vegetatively by tough, fibrous underground rhizomes that form knotty, spreading mats that penetrate deep into the soil, up to 1 meter (3.3 ft) deep. Stem and rhizome pieces less than 5 centimeters (2.0 in) long and containing a single node could sprout readily under a variety of conditions.
The Giant Reed is considered invasive in North America and Oceania. Despite its invasive nature, it’s also used for various purposes. For instance, it’s used for biomass production due to its high growth rate and its ability to grow in various soil types and climates.
This plant has thick stems and large, lush leaves. While not as slender as bamboo, it still has a similar tropical feel. The Dumb Cane, also known as Dieffenbachia, is a genus of tropical flowering plants in the family Araceae. It’s native to the New World Tropics from Mexico and the West Indies south to Argentina.
The Dumb Cane is a perennial herbaceous plant with a straight stem, and simple and alternate leaves containing white spots and flecks, making it attractive as indoor foliage. It’s popular as a houseplant because of its tolerance of shade. The English names, dumb cane and mother-in-law’s tongue (also used for Sansevieria species) refer to the poisoning effect of raphides, which can cause temporary inability to speak.
Dieffenbachia is best grown as an indoor plant in bright, indirect sunlight. It should be planted in fertile, well-drained potting soil with a high peat content. As a tropical plant, it will do best in high humidity. One way to provide this is to place the pot on a tray of pebbles filled with water. Misting the leaves can help during the dry winter months. Also, here is a detailed article on how to propagate Dumb Cane
Like many indoor houseplants, overwatering is a common problem with this plant. Allow the top 2 inches of potting soil to dry out completely before watering thoroughly so that moisture drains through the bottom of the pot. Also, here is a detailed article on how to care for Dumb Cane
The Dumb Cane is a fast-growing plant that can achieve 2 feet in height within a year of planting a rooted cutting, provided it gets enough light. Though it’s often referred to as “dumb cane” because the plant contains toxins in all of its parts (including its roots and sap) that, if it is in contact near the face or ingested, it can inhibit speech. It is highly toxic to humans, dogs, and cats.
This invasive species has bamboo-like stems and is often mistaken for bamboo. Japanese Knotweed, also known as Reynoutria japonica, Fallopia japonica, or Polygonum cuspidatum, is a species of herbaceous perennial plant in the knotweed and buckwheat family Polygonaceae. It’s native to East Asia, specifically Japan, China, and Korea1.
This plant is often mistaken for bamboo due to its hollow stems with distinct raised nodes. While stems may reach a maximum height of 3–4 m (10–13 ft) each growing season, it is typical to see much smaller plants in places where they sprout through cracks in the pavement or are repeatedly cut down. The leaves are broad oval with a truncated base, 7–14 cm (3– 51⁄2 in) long and 5–12 cm (2– 41⁄2 in) broad.
Japanese Knotweed is one of the world’s most invasive plants. It’s so tenacious that it has been known to grow through solid masonry foundations, and its roots can penetrate up to 6 feet deep and spread as much as 65 feet. In North America and Europe, the species has successfully established itself in numerous habitats and is classified as a pest and invasive species in several countries.
Despite its invasive nature, Japanese Knotweed can be controlled with the right approach. It’s possible to get rid of Japanese Knotweed naturally via smothering, cutting, and digging. However, there’s a good chance you’ll need an herbicide for Japanese Knotweed, especially if the plant has become established.
Despite its name, this is not a true bamboo. It’s an evergreen shrub with cane-like stems and compound leaves. Despite its common name, Heavenly Bamboo is not a bamboo at all, but a species of flowering, evergreen shrub native to eastern Asia. It’s characterized by cane-like stems and finely textured leaves that resemble those of bamboo.
Heavenly Bamboo sports a dazzling and changing show of color all year round, with leaves that turn from pink to green to red as the seasons change. In the spring, dainty white flowers are followed by bright red berries that persist throughout the winter. It grows about 1 or 2 feet annually until it reaches its mature height. It does well when grown in slightly humid, bright conditions and is hardy in USDA zones 6 through 9.
This is not a true bamboo but is often mistaken for one because of its segmented stems and lance-shaped leaves. Lucky Bamboo is not a bamboo but is often mistaken for one because of its segmented stems and lance-shaped leaves. According to Chinese traditions, the significance of Lucky Bamboo is tied to how many stalks you have. There are different meanings associated with various Lucky Bamboo arrangements.
For example, two stalks represent love, three stalks represent happiness, wealth, and long life, and so on. Lucky Bamboo has a well-earned reputation as being nearly indestructible, which makes this plant ideal for novice gardeners or forgetful waterers. It prefers bright, filtered sunlight and can be grown in good-quality water.
This ancient plant has jointed, hollow stems that resemble bamboo.Horsetail, also known as Equisetum arvense, is a perennial fern that belongs to the genus Equisetaceae. It grows wild in northern Europe and North and Central America, as well as in other moist places with temperate climates. It has a long, green, densely branched stem that grows from spring to fall.
The plant contains numerous beneficial compounds that give it multiple health-promoting effects. Of these, antioxidants and silica stand out. Antioxidants are molecules that protect your body from the effects of free radicals that can cause cell damage.
Silica is a compound made up of silicon and oxygen and is believed to be responsible for horsetail’s potential benefits for skin, nails, hair, and bones. Horsetail is mostly consumed in the form of tea, which is made by steeping the dried herb in hot water. It’s also available in capsule and tincture form.
Golden Goddess Plant
This is a type of clumping bamboo that’s often used for hedges or screens. The Golden Goddess is a vine-type plant that is native to Asia. It’s known for its attractive golden-yellow leaves. This plant is a popular houseplant that is known for its low maintenance and adaptability to a variety of growing conditions. It prefers warm, humid conditions and does well in typical household environments.
The Golden Goddess can handle being slightly underwatered if you happen to forget a watering but struggle with overwatering and root rot, so ensure that you are never allowing the plant to sit in soaking wet soil.
This clumping bamboo species has slender, arching stems that resemble a fountain when mature.Also known as Chinese Fountain Bamboo, this is an elegant, evergreen, clump-forming bamboo with tall and slender, purple-flushed green canes strongly arching under the weight of the foliage.
It’s native to China and is a particularly robust species. This bamboo is one of the best for growing in shade and is very adaptable. It can be used as a hedge or windbreak. The Fountain Bamboo prefers full sun to partial shade and grows best in fertile, moisture-retentive soils.