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This bladeless dwarf papyrus provides a vertical accent to moist gardens and containers. Its slender stems are topped with spherical, grassy heads that look bold and interesting. This clump-forming evergreen sedge is a tender perennial that originates from southeastern Africa. Over time it spreads via brown rhizomes (underground stems).
The round or three-sided upright stems are green when young and mature to dark green. They are topped with a plume of grassy filaments that look appealing all year long. When growing conditions are warm, clusters of bronzy brown spikelets appear among the filaments. These flowers are pollinated by wind and the seeds are distributed by water.
Grow dwarf papyrus in a rich, fertile soil that is either moist or fully saturated with shallow water. Full to partial sun are acceptable for good growth. Where hardy, it can be planted in the ground or in submersible containers in a pond. Elsewhere, it can be planted as a tender perennial or brought indoors when outdoor temperatures become too cold. Cut back dead or dying stems in late fall and remove any fallen debris that may have collected amid the living stems.
Dwarf papyrus makes a great specimen plant for a submerged pot at the water's edge. Its vertical habit is accentuated by complimentary large-leaved or weeping ornamentals.
Clay, Loam, Sand
Average Water, Ample Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Bog Garden, Container, Cutflower, Tropical, Water Gardens
Sharp or Has Thorns