Very vertical, tall architectural form. Makes good borders. Stately culms fade to purple with age. Withstands maritime exposure.
Erect culms with large leaves up to a foot long. Good for indoor or outdoor container gardening, and for use as a screen. The culms were used in ancient Japan to make arrows.
Rich dense growth, edible shoots. Glossy black culms darken with age, used in fine crafts and furniture. Good in planters, pots and garden. A Bay Area favorite.