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Products > Cyperus papyrus 'Little Egypt'
Cyperus papyrus 'Little Egypt' - Dwarf Papyrus

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Cyperaceae (Sedges)
Origin: Africa, North (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [C. papyrus 'Compacta']
Height: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Keep Wet
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Cyperus papyrus 'Little Egypt' (Dwarf Papyrus) - This evergreen aquatic will take full sun or light shade. Keep soil moist. Greenish flowers appear in summer. This dwarf selection in all respects resembles the species but grows to only 6-7 feet tall instead of 12 feet. The leafless green stems are topped with showy umbrellas composed of up to 50 to 100 graceful, arching and drooping hair-like rays. It produces greenish flowers in summer. This plant is a vigorous grower in or out of water. Plant it up to 12 inches deep in water or in rich moist soil and protect from wind. It is hardy to about 20-25 degrees F. In accordance with rules of nomenclature that disallow the use of Latinized cultivar names we recently renamed this plant 'Little Egypt' from the name 'Compacta' that we have used since discovering the plant growing among our stock of Cyperus papyrus. We grew this plant from 1997 until 2007 but replaced it with the much stronger plant we call Cyperus papyrus 'Dwarf Form'.  Information displayed on this page about  Cyperus papyrus 'Little Egypt' is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.