Cyperus involucratus (formerly C. alternifolius) - Umbrella plant, Papyrus
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
See plants in the containers in the fountain in front of building 1.
Herbaceous plant with leaves up to four feet tall.
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.