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CYPERUS papyrus 'Perkamentus Compact'

Image of Cyperus papyrus 'Perkamentus Compact' PP15454

Nancy Engel

Family

Cyperaceae

Botanical Name

CYPERUS papyrus 'Perkamentus Compact' PP15454

Plant Common Name

Compact Egyptian Papyrus, Egyptian Papyrus, Papyrus

General Description

Compact Egyptian papyrus is an easy-to-grow clump-forming aquatic plant that produces sturdy bright green stems topped with robust plumes of fine grassy foliage. The stems look much like hairy green feather dusters rising from the water. These produce inconspicuous feathery tan flowers when conditions are favorable. In addition to a shorter size, ‘Perkamentus Compact’ has thicker stems and more compact plumes.

Though moisture-loving, this plant will only tolerate shallow water that just covers the base of its roots. It needs full to partial sun and should be rooted in organic-rich heavy soil. When stems die or become damaged just cut them off at the base to allow fresh ones to grow. Clumps can be easily divided if they become too broad. Where tender, Egyptian papyrus can be easily overwintered indoors or grown indefinitely as a houseplant in moist soil. Otherwise it is super for moist containers and small water gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 16, 17, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Sedge or Rush

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    2'-5' / 0.6m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Poorly Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water, Ample Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Tan

  • Fruit Color

    Brown, Chocolate

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Light 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, Water Gardens

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No