10 Plants With Rhizomes… (See This)

by Alex Kountry
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Rhizomes are a plant with underground stems and the rhizomes are used in storing food and reproduction.

Rhizomes are a type of plant stem that grows horizontally underground or across the soil surface.

The main purpose of a rhizome is to store carbohydrates, and proteins so they can survive between different growing seasons.

Rhizomes also stored food to produce energy for vegetative reproduction, both asexual and allow for certain plant plants to be propagated.

Plants With Rhizomes

1. Ginger as a Plant Having Rhizome

Ginger is a flowering plant that the Rhizome is widely used as a spice or a folk medicine.

It is a herbaceous perennial that grows annual false stems made of rolled bases of leaves that are about one meter tall and bears narrowed leaves.

The ginger plant belongs to the family of Zingiberaceae and it originated in Maritime South East Asia.

It is used in traditional medicine and as a dietary supplement, it is known for its pungent aromatic rhizomes used as a spice, flavoring, and food.

2. Snake Plant

The snake plant is a flowering plant in the family of Asparagaceae, it is native to tropical West Africa from Nigeria to Congo.

The snake plant is used in filtering indoor air and it also. has the ability to convert carbon dioxide to oxygen at night.

Snake plants will thrive in any form of lightning, either low or high, although they grow much better in brighter light.

In snake plants, the rhizomes send new shoots called pups and the rhizomes are used to grow new snake plants.

Normally, it takes anywhere between 1-3 months to propagate the plant and you can make use of the rhizome to propagate the plant.

3. Ferns Plants

Ferns plant rhizomes are often inconspicuous because generally grow below the surface of the substrate in which the fern is growing.

The root of a fern is generally thin and wiry in texture and grows along the stem.

The stem of a fern is known as the rhizome, the rhizomes develop horizontally beneath the surface of the soil, and some rhizomes elevate closer to the surface level of the ground at the tip.

Here is an article I wrote on garden plants with red stems

4. Chinese Lanterns

The Chinese lanterns are a species of flowering plants in the nightshade family of Solanaceae,

it is very easy to grow as it is mostly grown from the seeds. They are also invasive perennial plants that are grown for their colorful and delicate orange pods.

You can also grow Chinese lanterns from transplants by diving into its rhizomes as well and they can also be germinated indoors as well.

The best time to plant using the rhizome is during the wintertime, choose a stem, use a hand shovel, work out a clump of rhizomes with the stems still attached, and relocate the climbs into a new garden or grow in a container.

5. Western Poison Oak

The western poison oak plant is a woody vine or shrub in the Sumac Family,

it is distributed widely in Western Northern America, inhabiting conifers and mixed broadleaf forest, grasslands, etc.

It causes itching and some allergic reaction in most people after touching or smoke inhalation.

The plant stem and shoots are used to make baskets, the sap cure ringworms and you can use it to treat rattlesnake bites by making a poultice of fresh leaves.

The Atlantic poison oak is a small shrub with rhizomes, the plants do not tolerate heavy shades and it is usually found in open woodlands and thickets.

6. Canna Lily

Can a lily plant commonly known as bulbs multiply beneath the soil from a rhizome, an underground stem?

The leaves are heavily veined adding more to their beauty, especially when backlit by the sun.

They typically grow from a rhizome and are known for their bold foliage in varying colors.

They are easy to grow and are perennial plants, their flowers however resemble that of the Iris flower.

7. Heavenly Bamboo

The heavenly bamboo plant is grown as an ornamental plant characterized by a cane-like stem and finely textured leaves.

It is an evergreen shrub native to Eastern Asia, all year round it spots different varying colors with leaves that turn from green to red as the season changes.

During winter the color changes to white followed by red berries, it is a low maintenance plant and you can plant it by transplanting it in the cooler fall months.

It is propagated by cuttings, after cutting, keep them in a heated propagator until they form roots, these roots can then be cut and replanted.

Also check out this article I wrote on plants with parallel leaves

8. Bearded Iris

The Bearded Iris should be planted in such a way as to expose the top of the rhizomes with the roots facing downwards in the soil.

The Bearded Iris plants are spread rapidly and can even become invasive, as the rhizomes of the bearded iris spread, they become crowded.

The bearded iris grows fully well under the full sun, avoid crowding them with other plants as they need to be backed by the sun to encourage flowers, they are easy to grow.

9. Bugleweed

The bugleweed also called bugle is a genus of about 40 species of the Eurasian plants of the mint family,

it is a fast-growing perennial ground covering that does a very good job of choking out weeds, it produces shiny dark green leaves and beautiful flower spikes.

Bugleweed is spread by stolons. They are known to spread aggressively, so it will be wise to have them planted where it won’t be a problem if it creeps over your garden.

You can propagate bugleweed by digging out clumps from the ground, cutting them into smaller sections before you proceed to have them replanted in another soil.

It is an excellent low-growing evergreen ground cover.

The bugleweed can be propagated using the rhizome of the plant.

10. Bermuda Grass

The Bermuda grass is native to Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

It is an abundant invasive species in Bermuda although it is not native there.

The blades of the Bermuda grass are grey-green and are usually short.

The stems are slightly flattened and tinged purple,

it has a deep root system and the roots can grow to over 2 meters deep, under the surface the grass creeps along the ground with its stolons,

this plant can reproduce through seeds, stolons, and rhizomes.

The plant is cultivated in warm climates all over the world within 30°S and 30° N latitude.

The rhizomes act as a diuretic in humans.


Rhizome plants are a type of plant stem that grows horizontally underground or grows across the soil surface.

The main purpose of a rhizome is to store carbohydrates, and proteins so they can survive between different growing seasons. They can also use the Rhizome for the propagation of plants instead of using the seeds

Rhizomes also stored food to produce energy for vegetative reproduction, both asexual and allow for certain plant plants to be propagated.

There are a lot of plants that have rhizomes, some of these plants include Bermuda grass, heavenly bamboo, bearded iris, etc.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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