Unknown shrub in backyard (ID complete)

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Date Photo Taken: September 16, 2010
Location: Carrollton, GA
Posted By: gzvodar


This plant grows as a clump of canes from a clump of tuberous roots. The canes resemble bamboo but are much more fragile. I once thought it was a coral bean, but it has no thorns, the leaves are broader and the flowers different. It blooms in fall, the flowers attracting bees, wasps, flies. Every winter I cut the dead canes to the ground and every year it grows this much – that’s a 4′ fence. I don’t believe it’s native: the elderly lady who owned the property before us is said to have traveled a lot when she was younger, and to have sometimes brought plants back with her.


  1. Norma Flower Fanatic says:

    On first glance at the photo of the plant, my thought was ‘lorepetalum’. But after reading the growth habit and description, that thought was discarded.

    I’ll keep watching this post as I’d like to know what it is myself.

    October 15th, 2010 at 3:20 pm
  2. Bobby Unregistered says:

    I’m with Norma. I’ll be watching.

    October 16th, 2010 at 8:46 pm
  3. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    Mexican bamboo


    October 18th, 2010 at 8:53 am
  4. Gary Unregistered says:

    Thanks for identification! That’s definitely it. However, I have not had the problem of invasiveness most people are describing. It has been content to remain in its corner of the yard for the ten years I have lived here. In fact, we tried taking a piece of the root clump to another corner to add a little color and veriety, but it has been very slow to take to that spot. I noticed that some say it will kill everything in its path. It can’t kill greenbriars, which find a safe haven among the roots of Mexican bamboo.

    October 18th, 2010 at 9:00 am

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