OH MY Monday - Bamboo! The green color, the leaves, the straight shoots.....the many ways that bamboo can be used for art and sculpture, in home décor (love bamboo floors!) or just left to grow naturally in landscape (bamboo is a fast grower though, see facts below!)....this plant is a very inspirational piece of nature! "The bamboo are a of flowering perennial evergreen plant. Giant bamboos are the largest members of the grass family. Bamboos include some of the fastest-growing plants in the world, due to a unique rhizome-dependent system. Certain species of bamboo can grow 3 ft within a 24-hour period, at a rate of almost 1.5 in an hour (a growth around 1 mm every 90 seconds, or one inch every 40 minutes), Bamboos are of notable economic and cultural significance in South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia, being used for building materials, as a food source, and as a versatile raw product. Bamboo has a higher specific compressive strength than wood, brick, or concrete and a specific tensile strength that rivals steel.