Heavenly Bamboo, Nandina domestica

Nandina domestica is a flowering plant. The species may also be referred to as Heavenly bamboo or Sacred bamboo. Despite its common names the species is not in fact bamboo, but an evergreen shrub. Nandina domestica belongs to the Berberidaceae family. The plant is native to eastern Asia, specifically from the Himalayas to Japan.

Typically Nandina domestica plants grow up to 7 feet tall and approximately 5 feet wide. The shrub has clustered un-branched stems at its ground base. Leaves are between 20-39 inches and have many leaflets between 2 and 4 inches long. Nandina leaves have a bright pink to red coloration that turns to green, mature leaves return to red or purple before falling off. The plant produces white flowers in early summer months and a bright red berry that ripens in late autumn.

Nandina domestica are poisonous plants and may be fatal if ingested, although they are generally non-toxic to humans.  All of the plants parts contain hydrocyanic acid.

Image Caption: Heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica). Credit: BotBln/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)