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Cyperus papyrus

Papyrus

In Botswana they use dried split stems to make mats, tropical looking.

Plant Type:

General Size: medium

Flowering Time: autumn | spring | summer | winter

Flowering Colour: brown

Specifications: container plants | evergreen | fast growing | flowers for the vase | frost resistant | sun | water | wetlands

Description

This very fast growing evergreen shrub grows about 2m high and 1m wide. It forms clumps of tall bare stems, each topped with a mop-like head or crown of thread-like flower spikes. This is the plant that the ancient Egyptians used to make paper. The dried, split stems are woven to make traditional doors and mats. They are also used medicinally as they are bound over wounds. Plant it near water or in the water in full sun. It’s an ideal plant for containers. The leaves are an interesting addition to a flower arrangement. Cut it back if damaged by frost. It is put into boats to protect them from crocodiles. The name is derived from Latin ‘cuperos’ and Greek ‘kypeoros’= sedge or rush.