Stems look like bamboo

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Date Photo Taken: June 16, 2011
Location: Monticello, GA
Posted By: stumlin


In the spring had spikes with beautiful yellow flowers and now all this foliage. Dies down completely in the winter.


  1. Bobby Unregistered says:

    It sure looks like nandina foliage. Looks like nandina stems. So far it’s quacking like a duck. I’ve never know nandina to die completely back in the winters here (Metro Atlanta). Yellow flowers? That may be an open question according to the eyes of the beholder. Check these links for comparison.

    June 19th, 2011 at 5:01 pm
  2. Sonja Unregistered says:

    I’m having my doubts that it is nandina. I’ve had the old fashion type of nandinas for years and was surprised that the previous owner of my home planted several around the house. I find them hard to control. This plant is very structured and does die completely in the winter. In the spring it sent up spikes that produced yellow follows along the stems. After that, even in 103 degree heat and no rain for 6 weeks, is producing a beautiful bush. I have two of them, one on each side of my driveway right next to GA Hwy 83. Large semi-tractor trailers zip by them all day long.

    June 21st, 2011 at 12:04 pm
  3. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    it’s baptisia aka Redneck Lupine


    June 21st, 2011 at 12:54 pm
  4. Sonja Unregistered says:

    Thank you Walter. I have two Redneck Lupine. The article you sent me to describes them to a “T”. Now to make some markers so I won’t forget the name.
    Thanks to all we have helped me uncover my treasures. Sonja

    June 21st, 2011 at 1:08 pm
  5. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Thanks Walter!

    June 21st, 2011 at 3:18 pm
  6. Tami Unregistered says:

    As a child I lived in a large old house. It had a very old well established garden. In one area of full sun there was a large clump (10×6 at the base) of what looked like bamboo. The whole plant was maroon, stems, leaves, and flowers. The stems were about an inch in diameter and grew only about 10 feet tall. Unlike bamboo the woody stems were very soft. I have looked hundreds of places hoping to find a piece for my own garden. NO LUCK. and no plant name. Have you ever seen anything close to this discription.

    April 28th, 2012 at 8:13 am

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