Nandina or sacred bamboo (Nandina domestica, Nandina spp.)
Nandina is frequently used in landscaping for its evergreen leaves or, in some varieties, reddish leaves. The varieties with green leaves often produce bright red berries that will remain on the plant for many months. The seeds from these berries may travel in birds’ bellies or with rainwater to new locations where they can quickly form dense thickets, spreading by underground rhizomes and producing more berries. Nandina has been observed invading open fields and wooded areas in even the most areas of the Carolina piedmont.
Since this plant is so loved by many horticulturists, efforts have been made recently to produce “sterile” cultivars. However, sterile cultivars of other plant species have been known to “revert” back to their berry-producing habits after several years. Nandina cultivars may do the same. It’s just not worth the risk.