Need Help Identifying Bamboo/Cane
I saw a southern pearly eye butterfly late yesterday evening, and being a butterfly nut/raiser, I'd like to plant some host plants for them - I've read that these butterflies are rare now, because their host plant, Arundinaria gigantea, is mostly gone, the land it used to grow on now being used for agriculture.
I've got a book with a good picture of Arundinaria gigantea in it. When I saw the picture, it looked just like what I thought was big grass down the road from me by a creek. So I drove down there, and at first, all I saw was plants growing between other plants, none very big -
But then down the road just a little bit, I found some closer to the road with more room that was bigger, looking like small bamboo -
I then drove about ?1/2 mile north to an area that contained a small patch of bamboo when we first moved here in 1997. It has since spread to cover several acres - I coudn't begin to get it all in my camera -
The area where this bamboo/cane grows is dryer than the area down the road where I found what must be native cane, so I figured it must be some Asian bamboo that somebody planted that's gotten way out of control. But then you look at a close-up picture of the new growth at the bottom, and it looks a lot like the native cane -
The new growth in the "cane forest" is more yellow green as opposed to blue green of the native cane, but, of course, that might have to do with the dryer growing conditions. My plan is to dig up some small plants of the cane that grows down the road that I'm sure must be native, but I sure hope it doesn't take over my whole woods like the bamboo/cane in the last two pictures!
Can anybody help me to ID both types of bamboo/cane? Also, does native cane spread out of control? I saw it growing among other plants, like ferns, viburnum, leucothoe, swamp azaleas, etc. in every low, wet spot on the way to the "cane forest" and even in some spots that didn't look to be too wet - none looked too big or dense.
I live in a rural area on 5 1/2 acres of mostly wooded property, with woods, pecan orchards and pastures all around here.