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Polygonum cuspidatum 'Crimson Beauty'/Clumping Mexican Bamboo, Mexican Bamboo

Polygonum cuspidatum 'Crimson Beauty' / Polygonum cuspidatum 'Crimson Beauty'
Specimen plant growing in the Springfield, Missouri Botanical Garden soon after a frost
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Specimen plant growing in the Springfield, Missouri Botanical Garden soon after a frost

Bamboo-like stalks

Upright growing form with multiple canes

Close view of stalks

Dried seeds and foliage

Early winter character of the plant

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Scientific Name: Polygonum cuspidatum 'Crimson Beauty'
Common Name: Clumping Mexican Bamboo, Mexican Bamboo
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White, Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
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Comments: This perennial native to Japan produces clumps of bamboo-like canes but does not spread like the native species. It produces tassels of white flowers turning to fiery red then back to white in late summer through November. Reported to exhibit good autumn color.