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PlantFiles: Yellow Nutsedge
Cyperus esculentus var. leptostachyus

Family: Cyperaceae (sy-peer-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cyperus (sy-PEER-us) (Info)
Species: esculentus var. leptostachyus


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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed


No positives
No neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative htop On May 20, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Yellow Nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus var. leptostachyus; synonym: Cyperus esculentus var. angustispicatus) is the most widespread nutsedge in North America. It is an introduced plant and has naturalized.

Negative efbiosis On May 30, 2007, efbiosis from Oakland, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

A terrible uber-weed. Foliage dies back after frost, however the plant quickly re-establishes itself through persistent underground tubers or 'nuts'.

Growth habit is strongly rhizomatous and one new seedling can quickly establish a large colony by the end of the growing season soley through vegetative reproduction. Also highly resistant to readily availible herbicides like Roundup or Weed-B-Gone. Shading and prevention of tuber set in the fall seems to be the best control.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Queen Creek, Arizona
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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