Origin: Tropical/temperate: Asia-Pacific, sub-Saharan Africa, Southern and Central America

Family: Poaceae
Sub-family: Bambusoideae


Element: Air
Day: Wednesday
Planet: Mercury
Zodiac: Gemini
Deities: Kane, Kane Milohai, Thoth

Parts Used: Leaves, stalks, shoots

Magical Properties: Protection, luck, hex-breaking, prosperity, psychic awareness, banishing, longevity


There are over 1,400 species of bamboo over 115 genera, and include the fastest-growing species in the world, with some species of bamboo growing up to 90cm in 24 hours.

Type: Grass
Plant size: From ground-cover to over 30m
Stems: Hollow and cylindrical
Leaves: Bright green blades, long, thin, and pointed

Etymology: The word “bamboo” is believed to have come from Malay or Kannada

In the Garden

Type: Evergreen perennial
Sow: Spring
Light: Shade
Water: Keep moist
Soil: Rich, moist soils