Stems, stalks, trunks, pseudostems, culms.

Of course they're the vertical structures that raise the branches and leaves into the air, and I've noticed that I have some interesting ones in the garden this year.


These are from all of my biggest plants, so these are in plain sight -- they're often the best features of the plants. I didn't bother crawling around to look at the smaller examples.

Do you have any cool stems in your garden?


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Steve Lau  – (September 21, 2012 at 1:25 PM)  

It looks like you might have an even greater upsize on your atrovaginata next year.

Alan  – (September 21, 2012 at 9:05 PM)  

Steve: good eye! I sure am hoping for a nice upsize next year.

Steve Lau  – (September 22, 2012 at 6:35 PM)  

Atrovaginata looks pretty distinct among the green phyllostachys.

We have about the same sized culms now so given favorable conditions, 1 3/4 inches might be possible for next spring. My biggest one on atro is only about 1 1/5 now.

Barbie  – (September 23, 2012 at 8:36 AM)  

What an interesting post - we so rarely look a the stems of our plants.Some interesting ones you have. I will join and post my stems soon :-)

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