Bamboo is the planet’s largest grass. Native species can be found on all continents, (except Antarctica), from the coastal South Pacific islands to the Himalayan mountains.

Bamboo typically reaches full height and width within the first 12 months of its life. During the next few years its cell walls will continue to thicken and grow stronger until it reaches peak maturity, usually between 5 and 7 years.

Starry Mandala (Photo By Matt Jalbert)

This rocket-like rate of growth is one bamboo’s most outstanding environmental benefits, since it easily outpaces hardwood species, many of which are in danger of extinction or reaching unsustainable levels of consumption.

And bamboo is, of course, beautiful!