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Cyperus involucratus 'Baby Tut' (Umbrella Plant)

Umbrella Plant 'Baby Tut', Umbrella Sedge 'Baby Tut', Dwarf Papyrus Grass 'Baby Tut'


Cyperus involucratus 'Baby Tut' (Umbrella Plant) is a dwarf tender aquatic perennial forming a clump of erect, triangular stems that sprout from woody rhizomes. Atop the stem rests a whorl of dark green, radiating grassy leafy bracts, which form a showy umbrella shape. Greenish-brown flower spikelets appear from summer to fall and eventually produce small dark brown nut-like fruits. This architectural plant retains its green color all year long in warm climates. Adding an exotic and tropical feel, it is a cute addition to the small water garden. While Umbrella plants are perennials in warm climates, many gardeners use them as if they were annuals in colder climates. This native of Madagascar will tolerate light frosts but not prolonged cold weather. Plants in Zones 8-9 will die back with frost, but may survive the winter and put out new foliage in spring if the roots remain unfrozen.

  • Grows up to 18-24 in. tall and wide (45-60 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or partial shade in wet soils. While it thrives in consistently moist garden soil, it can also be planted in standing water but the crown of the plant should never be covered.
  • This architectural grass is highly versatile. It may be grown at the edge of a pond or water garden, in boggy areas, in shallow water and in containers.
  • Virtually disease and pest free
  • Cut back dead stems in fall. Divide in spring.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Heat Zones 10 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses, Perennials
Plant Family Cyperus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 15" – 20" (37cm – 50cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Heat Zones 10 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses, Perennials
Plant Family Cyperus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 15" – 20" (37cm – 50cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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