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Cyperus alternifolius /Umbrella Plant

Cyperus alternifolius  / Cyperus alternifolius
A hefty clump of umbrella plant
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A hefty clump of umbrella plant

Close-up leaf with flowers in center of leaf

Mature specimen

Height of a mature well established umbrella plant

Foliage and flowers in mid summer

Close-up of umbrella-like leaves

Flowers formed in among the leaflets of a compound leaf

Well established clump

Seed in late summer

An excellent plant for growing in or near a body of water like a garden pool

Looking down on a sworl of foliage and center flowers

Clump of umbrella plants


A large clump in early summer

Foliage may be cut for use in arrangements

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Scientific Name: Cyperus alternifolius
Common Name: Umbrella Plant
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Yellow
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: It is seldom killed in zone 8, but may be severely damaged by temperaures below 25 degree F. Gives tropical flavor to water features. Not fully cold hardy, dies back to the roots in cold winters but returns in early spring. Cut back dead foliage in winter. Clumps form a thick, dense mass. Responds favorably to several applications of fertilizer during the growing season. Reported to have been cultivated for over 200 years in water gardens.