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Umbrella Plant


Naturally found in wet habitats, this clump-forming, tufted perennial has slender, leafless, triangular stems that support a terminal whorl of approximately 25 flat, deep green leaf-like bracts resembling umbrella spokes. Small, pale yellow-brown flower clusters top the stems summer-fall. Use in bog gardens, near stream beds or ponds, or in containers. This plant may become weedy or invasive.

Cyperus alternifolius

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf notes : The leaf-like bracts resemble ribs of an umbrella.

Leaf length : 4-12"

Leaf width : 5/8"

Leaf shape : Flat, sword-shaped

Leaf color : Deep green

Flower Characteristics

Flower color :Brown

Plant Anatomy

Average size maturity width : 2 - 2 1/2 ft.

Average size maturity height : 2 1/2 - 3 ft.

Cultural Information

USDA Zone : 10 to 15 F( Z8a)

Sunset zone : 8, 9, 12-24

Water requirements : Ample

Light exposure : Partial Sun

Landscape Attributes

Attractive bark :Yes