|Chusquea couleou in my garden last year|
|Chusquea couleou behind blooming rhododendron in my garden now|
|Seeds of blooming Chusquea couleou|
Anyway, once we got back home from that trip, I began emailing Jesus to order some chusqueas from Bamboo Sourcery. As I told my friend Diane, I had been getting emails from Jesus! Soon I had three little Chusquea couleou plants sent to me by Bamboo sourcery in 1 gal. containers. These little plants each cost at least $100.00. One of those became the plant you see in the pictures above.
As you can see from the third picture, this plant is flowering now. I also notice that the Bamboo Sourcery website seems to indicate that Chusquea couleou 'Chilean Straight' is flowereing so that would confirm that my plant is indeed 'Chilean Straight'.
I should note that some people have the impression that all bamboo of one kind flowers all over the world at the same time. That is not precisely the case. It may be that all bamboo that are clones of each other flower at the same time, but if the bamboo is from a different seed source, it will not necessarily flower when another bamboo of that species flowers. That has certainly been my experience with chusqueas. About 10 years ago I had another Chusquea couleou flower--another one of the plants Jesus sent me. It was a different clone from 'Chilean Straight'. No other chusquea in my garden flowered at that time, even though I had several others. I have several seedlings of that mother plant which are mature specimens now and they are not flowering.
My other Chusquea couleou which flowered died after flowering, so it may be that this one will die also. What a bummer! This was such a beautiful plant right in the center of the garden. The one consoling aspect of this is that the seed will readily germinate and I should have mass quantities of baby chusqueas to play with soon.