Cyperus Plant

Cyperus Plant – lt is easy to see because Cyperus is called a Umbrella plant. The grassy leaves, trimming from hair-like to quite extended depending on a species, illuminate from the unbending stalks like a ribs of an open umbrella. There is only one golden order for success with these  plants – keep a roots constantly wet. Place the  pot in a urn or outdoor enclosure that should always enclose water.

The plant is grown for a altogether figure rather than a beauty of a foliage – a small immature and brownish-red flowers are of small musical value. Cyperus is best grouped with other plants or grown in a bottle garden; choose one of a dwarf-growing forms if space is limited.


Cyperus alternifolius ‘Zumula’

Cultivation is straightforward – pests are frequency a  problem and it is easy to propagate. Cut out  yellowing stems to inspire new growth. 

Types of Cyperus

Cyperus papyrus (5-8 ft) is an interesting plant as it was a source of both paper and Moses’ cradle in biblical times, though it is too tall and formidable for many homes. The renouned one is C. alternifolius that bears prolonged and slight leaves and grows about 3 ft high when mature. There are several appealing varieties, including a white-striped C. variegatus and a dwarf (1-1 ½ ft) Cyperus gracilis. Another compact  form is C. diffusus that is easy to find – the 1 ft C. esculentus that produces Tiger nuts underground is most more difficult to obtain. The showiest flower-heads are borne by C. haspan.     


   Cyperus alternifolius

Secrets of success

Temperature: Not fussy, though keep during 50°F or above in winter. 

Light: Well-lit or light shade, though equivocate approach summer sunlight 

Water: Keep compost dripping and shorten giveaway drainage. 

Air humidity: Mist leaves frequently. 

Repotting: Repot in open each year. 

Propagation: Divide plants during repotting time.





C. papyrus