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Nandina Domestica "Sacred Bamboo" Seeds
Nandina Domestica "Sacred Bamboo" Seeds

Nandina Domestica "Sacred Bamboo" Seeds

Regular price $5.55 $0.00
** not available to WA or International buyers.

Nandina domestica commonly known as “Nandina”, “Heavenly Bamboo” or “Sacred Bamboo”, is a species of flowering plant in the family Berberidaceae, native to eastern Asia from the Himalayas to Japan.  It is the only member of the monotypic genus Nandina.

Despite the common name, it is not a bamboo but an erect evergreen shrub up to 2 m tall by 1.5 m wide, with numerous, usually unbranched stems growing from ground level. The glossy leaves are sometimes deciduous in colder areas, 50–100 cm long, bi- to tri-pinnately compound, with the individual leaflets 4–11 cm long and 1.5–3 cm broad. The young leaves in spring are brightly coloured pink to red before turning green; old leaves turn red or purple again before falling. The flowers are white, borne in early summer in conical clusters held well above the foliage. The fruit is a bright red berry 5–10 mm diameter, ripening in late autumn and often persisting through the winter.

Cedar waxwings are subject to cyanide toxicosis from eating the berries, resulting in death to multiple birds at one time

All parts of the plant are poisonous, containing compounds that decompose to produce hydrogen cyanide, and could potentially be fatal if ingested. The plant is placed in Toxicity Category 4, the category "generally considered non-toxic to humans," but the berries are considered toxic to cats and grazing animals.  Excessive consumption of the berries will kill birds such as Cedar Waxwings. The berries also contain alkaloids such as nantenine, which is used in scientific research as an antidote to MDMA


Nandina can take heat and cold, from 23–43 °C. A true low-care plant, it needs no pruning, unless it is to harvest some leaves for use in a flower arrangement or berries for a holiday centerpiece, or occasionally to remove an old cane. The berries can also be left on the plants for birds to harvest in late winter. Spent berry stalks can easily be snapped off by hand in spring. Due to the naturally occurring phytochemicals (see above) this plant is commonly used in rabbit, deer, and javelina resistant landscape planting in the USA.

 Information retrieved from https:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandina % June 2017 1541 AEST

To grow:  

Fill 3- to 4-inch diameter plant pots with a sterile potting mix until it reaches 1/2 inch from the top rim of the pot. Poke a 3-inch deep hole in the center of the soil in each pot using a pencil.

Insert one nandina seed into each hole and fill in the holes completely with additional soil mix.

Place all of the pots into a shallow tray to make transporting them easier and to collect water drainage. Water the top of the soil in each pot until it soaks all the way to the bottom and drains out. Cover the tray with a piece of clear plastic wrap.

Place the pots in an area that maintains a consistent temperature of 69 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer and has bright sun exposure. If needed, place the tray on a heating mat to achieve the proper temperature

** not available to WA or International buyers.

*****Please note:   We do NOT sell live plants at all!!  Quarantine restrictions and inspection fees prohibit the sale of seeds to Western Australia and Internationally.


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