• Cyperus involucratus
  • Cyperus involucratus
  • Cyperus involucratus

Cyperus involucratus

Umbrella Sedge, Umbrella Plant, Umbrella Papyrus, African Sedge, Dwarf Papyrus Grass, False Papyrus, Windmill Sedge
Size: ex 9cm pot

Availability: In stock

£5.99

Quick Overview

  • Tall papyrus-like habit
  • Exotic umbrella-shaped leaf-bracts
  • Vigourous growth
  • Herbaceous perennial
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Description

Cyperus involucratus, the Umbrella Sedge, is a vigourous clump-forming perennial with tall slender triangular stems on which perch radiating leaf-like bracts arranged in an elegant and symmetrical spiraling pattern. They are very exotic in appearance and resemble the spokes of an umbrella, giving the plant its common name. The flowers are small and relatively insignificant.

Cyperus involucratus has strong-growing rhizomes which quickly establish a large clump and for that reason its growth is best curtailed at the roots. Providing this is done effectively and its growth monitored and checked when necessary it provides a very attractive and tropical-looking accent to a garden, doing best where the ground is moist. A herbaceous perennial in the British Isles, it is remarkably hardy in most regions and in the south and in urban microclimates it is usually best to just mulch it and leave it to fend for itself through the winter with the cold weather providing a useful seasonal check on its growth. Further north - and in colder winters - a thicker mulch will be needed. Chipped bark is ideal.

Additional Information

Order Poales
Family Cyperaceae
Sub-Family No
Synonyms Cyperus alternifolius, Cyperus alternifolius ssp. flabelliformis, Cyperus flabelliformis
Geographical Origin East Africa : Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion Island and the Arabian Peninsula
Cultivation Full sun or partial shade. Prefers moist soil: can be an aquatic or water marginal or grown in a damp spot
Eventual Height 1.5m
Eventual Spread Spreading to a large area by vigourous rhizomes: unless space permits its roots should be confined
Hardiness Hardy with a mulch throughout much of the UK as a herbaceous perennial despite its tropical origins, particularly in the south and sheltered urban microclimates; a thicker mulch further north

Cyperus involucratus

Umbrella Sedge, Umbrella Plant, Umbrella Papyrus, African Sedge, Dwarf Papyrus Grass, False Papyrus, Windmill Sedge
Size: ex 9cm pot

Availability: In stock

£5.99
You could receive 10 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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