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Cyperus prolifer (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)
Cyperus prolifer (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)

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Cyperus prolifer

Dwarf Papyrus
Cyperaceae
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants, Perennials, Aquatic

CYPERUS

These African natives are sedges—grasslike plants distinguished from true grasses by three-angled, solid stems and very different flowering parts. Valued for striking form, silhouette, shadow pattern.

Most cyperus grow in rich, moist soil or with roots submerged in water. Keep plants groomed by removing dead or broken stems; divide and replantvigorous plants when the clump becomes too large, saving smaller, outside divisions and discarding the overgrown centers. Beyond their hardiness range, pot up divisions and keep them over the winter as houseplants.

Cyperus prolifer

Flowers and long, thin leaves combine to make filmy brown and green clusters on slender stems about 1 1/2 ft. high. Used in Asian-style gardens; sink in pots in water gardens where delicate design of slender, leafless stems will not be lost among larger and coarser plants.

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