This bamboo surprised me by sending out shoots away from the water into the hard packed dry soil. It's growing better than I expected it would in West Texas desert. Big strong shoots are going out in every direction. It grows bigger, taller, stronger every year.
Now if I could keep the damn rabbits from eating the young shoots there would be a lot more bamboo. When my old house cat was alive she never let the rabbits live long enough to be a problem. The new cat is just learning how to hunt and the rabbits have grown to big for her to kill. When she has kittens in a few months and they get big enough to hunt there won't be a rabbit left in this area.