Cyperus longus, Sweet Galingale, is a vigourous tall-growing ornamental sedge that manages to be both architectural and tropical-looking in a very simple and elegant manner yet is completely hardy. It has long, thin, bright green leaves which because of their height and graceful curving lines form an attractive addition to the exotic jungle or damp garden. The bracts of reddish-brown flower spikes appear in June and July, held aloft in an attractive umbrella-like formation that is characteristic of the genus.
It prefers moist ground and can be used as an aquatic or a water marginal and is ideal on the edge of a large pond or lake. In smaller settings it should always be remembered that this species can spread quickly and it may be better to confine its roots.
The crisp starchy tuberous roots are edible and have an sweet aromatic mossy violet-like fragrance that made it a prized and much-used spice in the medieval kitchen.
Lovely tall plants - strong-growing and strong-rooted - Bargain!!
|Synonyms||Cyperus myriostachys, Cyperus preslii, Chlorocyperus longus, Pycreus longus|
|Geographical Origin||UK and Europe|
|Cultivation||Full sun or partial shade. Moist soil: can be an aquatic or water marginal or grown in a damp spot|
|Eventual Spread||Spreading to a large area by vigourous rhizomes: unless space permits its roots should be confined|
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