Plants of the UNF Campus

Cyperus involucratus (formerly C. alternifolius) - Umbrella plant, Papyrus
Family Cyperaceae


About six hundred species of Cyperus are native around the world. They range from small grass-like plants to shrubby plants and a genus that contains some vines (Scleria.) Uses of the sedges include fibers, weaving, construction material for houses and boats, paper-making, fragrance, and edible tubers. The umbrella plant makes a clump of upright culms, each topped by a whorl of leaves. Small flowers are borne between the leaves. The stalks can grow to about four feet tall. It is native to Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands. 


See plants in the containers in the fountain in front of building 1.


Herbaceous plant with leaves up to four feet tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun to part shade

Water: moist soil, even standing water

Soil: very adaptable provided the soil is moist to wet

This plant should be managed carefully in Florida gardens. It can be weedy in Florida’s wetlands.