Coniogramme emeiensis ‘Golden Zebra’

striped bamboo fern
Slow growing and spreading fern has leathery arching fronds highlighted in yellow banding.
height 1–2ft
width 2–4ft
tolerates Pots
Moderate – High
This plant likes to stay evenly moist. When you touch the soil surface and it’s no longer squishy and soggy, but feels like a well-wrung sponge, it’s time to water. Often these plants can be left in a little standing water to extend the watering cycle. This plant could be watered several times a week, or less if you leave the plant standing in an inch of standing water each watering cycle. Remember that a smaller pot will dry out faster, so for a tiny 4-inch pot, you might need to water daily.
drainage In Ground: Planting Mix, In Pots: Potting Soil
fertilizing All Purpose
origin China
4–9, 14–24

Sunset Zones Map

Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.


Special Interest

Imagine this fern growing in habitat among a world heritage site on Mt. Emei described by Unesco world heritage convention as follows:

“The first Buddhist temple in China was built here in Sichuan Province in the 1st century A.D. in the beautiful surroundings of the summit Mount Emei. The addition of other temples turned the site into one of Buddhism’s holiest sites. Over the centuries, the cultural treasures grew in number. The most remarkable is the Giant Buddha of Leshan, carved out of a hillside in the 8th century and looking down on the confluence of three rivers. At 71 m high, it is the largest Buddha in the world. Mount Emei is also notable for its exceptionally diverse vegetation, ranging from subtropical to subalpine pine forests. Some of the trees there are more than 1,000 years old.“

More Info

This plant has been grown as a houseplant, but it also excels outdoors in mild climates. See Sunset zones if you are interested in growing this plant outside. Also note that anytime a houseplant is moved outside, some transitional stresses should be expected, including burning (when a plant that can and in fact would often prefer to grow in direct sunlight has not been cultivated in direct sun) and also drooping or leaf drop (usually associated with a shift in temperature). Planting outdoors during mild weather will help negate these effects, and if the plant is properly cared for, it should rebound with new acclimated growth.