Nandina, which is also known sacred bamboo are an evergreen or semi-evergreen. They have erect shoots and alternate leaves which are reddish-purple in winter in their younger years. Nandina are grown for their flowers which are white with yellow anthers. These are star shaped and show in mid-summer. Nandina flourish in well-drained soil in a sheltered spot. They do not need regular pruning but should be dead-headed after flowering.