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CYPERUS nanus

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Maureen Gilmer

Family

Cyperaceae

Botanical Name

CYPERUS nanus

Plant Common Name

Dwarf Papyrus

General Description

Lacking leaves, Indian flatsedge grows as a cluster of short, slender stems topped with a irregular, grassy, tufted head of tan flowers. An upright, clump-forming evergreen perennial sedge, this species is native to the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea.

The thin stems are medium to dark green and flattened. With ample warmth, these leafless stems develop small, clustered bronze-tan spikelets at their tops, often branching and forming secondary spikelets. These flowers are pollinated and distributed by wind or water.

Grow Indian flatsedge in a relatively fertile soil that is either seasonally moist or consistently very moist, or barely underwater. Sand-based soils are optimal. Full to partial sun, even light shade are acceptable. In areas where foliage doesn't die back from winter chill or drought, this plant may be considered a weed that infiltrates pristine turfgrass. It potentially makes a cute, miniature specimen plant in a pond or at the water's edge in the ground. It may prosper in a moist pocket in a manicured lawn, amid a warm-climate turf such as St. Augustine grass.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 13

  • Plant Type

    Sedge or Rush

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Caribbean

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Poorly Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water, Ample Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Bronze, Sandy Brown

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bog Garden, Container, Groundcover, Lawns and Turf, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes