This rare bamboo has zigzag culms that look different than the more common "Yellow Groove" . The yellow strip along the sulcus is also brighter. A small to medium height Phyllostachys with slender, smooth canes. It is best used as a specimen plant in a visible area where people can appreciate its unusual curvature. It grows naturally in Jiangsu and Zhujiang provinces of China, but is adapted to grow in most places within the United States, from zone 6 through 10. The name "arcana" means mysterious or hidden features. It is a fitting name for this highly ornamental bamboo.