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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'. 

This information about Cyperus papyrus 'Little Egypt' displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.