Great Thorny Bamboo
Wayward tropical inhabitant – a weed with thorns
The Great Thorny Bamboo belongs botanically to the grass family and is due to its limited frost-hardness usually cultivated in a tub, where it grows not more than two meters high. However, in its natural habitat it can become up to 35 meters. The stalks with its hairy sprouts are green coloured at first and turn into dark-brown or dark-blue in matured plants. With age it also develops the thorns that give the Great Thorny Bamboo its name. The plant can be pruned easily, and it can be kept outdoors until late autumn since it tolerates short light frosty periods as well.
In the kitchen:
The tall and solid plant produces longish red fruits, weighing about 100 g, with a firm fruit pulp that is perfectly suited for sauces and other tomato dishes, as well as for drying.
Caution: Tomatoes are part of the nightshade family. Plant parts are poisonous. But of course, not the fruit.
The Great Thorny Bamboo can largely be found in South- and South East Asia as well as in tropical Africa and Madagascar.
Bonsai suitability: No