This is a highly invasive, rapidly spreading bamboo that quickly overruns landscape and crowds out other plants. It is a perennial that spreads by extensive, long ranging rhizomes that produce sprouts up to 20 feet or more from the parent plants. These thick spikes create an unsightly problem in surrounding turf, and the one inch thick rhizomes create uneven turf and difficulties in mowing. It is, however, commonly sold as a landscape plant to create wind breaks or barriers.
When planted in landscape it must be planted with a containment barrier to prevent the rhizomes from spreading laterally. When control is necessary a systemic herbicide will effectively kill the parent plants, but the potentially extensive system of rhizomes will need attention for, possibly, years in the future.