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River Cane Description

Before the Europeans settled the United States, River cane as canebrakes or areas of land covered with a dense growth of rods dominated the southeastern landscape, easily found along floodplains and stream bottoms. River cane is still around today and is a type of bamboo with evergreen foliage rising from rhizomes in the top portion of the soil. It grows best in neutral to moderately acidic lands limited to natural levees, see-pages, and stream terraces. It requires moist soil with adequate drainage, sandy soils being ideal. It's often confused with other bamboos, and like them, it flowers sporadically and can spread quickly over a large area.

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Providing environments for all kinds of animals

Canebrakes can provide an environment for several species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates. They can provide food for Whitetail deer and grazing livestock who eat the shoots in the spring. River cane can improve water quality by filtering groundwater.

River cane has been a wonderfully helpful bamboo for the self-reliant and is considered valuable by the Cherokee Nation. Historically, it was used to make arrow shafts for weapons, darts for game hunting, and even crafted into crude knives for skinning. Rive cane could also be used for small spits and fishing traps.

Today, while it's not as easy to find, river cane can be used to craft baskets, woven mats for wall and floor coverings, and sheaths for various small weapons. For gardeners, You can use it for tomato stakes. This versatile species can also be used to craft paint brushes, pipes, and blow tubes. Bundles of hollow cells can even be lashed together to create a crude pontoon boat.

Music lovers will appreciate the fact that river cane can be made into delicate flutes and useful survival whistles. Given its many positive uses, river cane is one flexible, fantastic plant species.

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Bamboo Plant

Running Bamboo is a versatile and fast-growing species that offers many benefits when incorporated into landscaping projects. Its unique characteristics and practical attributes make it popular for enhancing outdoor spaces with aesthetic and functional advantages. It is a shrub that will grow outwards almost as quickly as upwards. Although primarily an ornamental species, it does serve several purposes within a given landscape. Let's take a closer look at what this Bamboo Plant looks like and why you'll want to have it on your property. The Physical Attributes of Bamboo Plant It typically has a golden stalk from which a series of green leaves will shoot out. The trees that you see will shoot from stalks that grow horizontally along the ground, which is why they are referred to as runners. You can see several inches or feet of vertical growth per season, much of which occurs in spring or early summer. It can also grow horizontally up to 10 feet in a single season. This may be fine with neighbors or local authorities if you are in a rural area. However, if you live in a typical neighborhood, consider adding a barrier to prevent runaway growth. What Is Bamboo Plant Used For This type of shrub can be used for a variety of purposes, such as adding some color to a garden or edging your garden, driveway, or other landscape components. You can also use it as a privacy screen or to help dampen noise coming from a neighbor's house, highway, or other sources. It can also help reclaim or revitalize a landscape after a weather event or years of neglect. Be Sustainable With Bamboo Plant Creatures such as rabbits or guinea pigs can use the shoots of this Bamboo Plant for nourishment. However, you probably won't see deer, rodents, or other creatures that typically exist in a suburban setting flocking to your tree, which may help to ensure its long-term survival.

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