Category: Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo Perennials Ponds and Aquatics Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Height: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Spacing: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Bloom Color: Pale Green Green Brown/Bronze
Bloom Time: Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Foliage: Evergreen Smooth-Textured
Other details: This plant is suitable for growing indoors Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets) From seed; sow indoors before last frost Plant is viviparous
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
On Apr 6, 2010, Violetsrblu from Bartlett, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
I wanted a small water garden in my shady back yard, so I purchased a 20 gallon resin pool. Being an ignorant beginner, I wasted money on water lilies that did poorly in the shade. Then I was enthralled by the beauty of a papyrus at a nursery. It did well... too well. It grew huge, tall, and covered the pool and another water plant. I wintered it in my home in a large fishpot kept filled with water and in front of a sunny window. It did very poorly for some reason and died before spring. Last spring I found the dwarf papyrus and it thrived wonderfully in my backyard over the summer too, but it looked perfect in my small pool and did not smother my other water plants. Unlike the large papyrus, this dwarf version wintered beautifully in my home in the same fishpot and in front of the same window. It looks as healthy as it did last summer. I'm glad to save some money and not have to hunt for a new water plant for my pool every spring.
This plant (now identified!) has grown in a basically unwatered place on the east side of my house for 30 years without ANY attention. The area received almost no direct sun. The soil is very loose, organic natural mulch from huge italian cypress trees.
I thought it was a weed! Transplanted to "better" soil and light, it exploded into beautiful clusters of umbrellas.
On Jun 5, 2004, geetha from Marina Del Rey, CA wrote:
I grow a papyrus in a little 24" deep strip of soil on my walled in patio. It does very very well in soil if you basically drowned it with water every 2-3 days. It does get direct sun most of the day there. I live in southern California, zone 10, by the ocean.
I mixed it with red and green leafed Cana, dwarf blue lily of the nile, white flowering ginger, a small plumeria and a little bottle palm. It is really beautiful.
On Apr 1, 2004, docaly from Albuquerque, NM wrote:
I agree with Happenstance and ArianasGrandma -- this is great in a small to medium pond. I put several in a client's pond over the winter and not particularly deeply in the water; and they're very happy here in zone 9b. To control its growth, you can keep it in it's plastic pot until you are ready for it to expand. The dwarf doesn't get very large so it makes a perfect complement to other waterplants. I love it's whispy, willowy look!
The non-dwarf papyrus often get quite large, overgrown and require more space and maintenance, and is therefore, more suitable for large water features. Both are beautiful in the right setting.
Live in Philly here. Plants do great after Aprile with the natural fertilizer of the turtle pond. I Chop them back by frost and take them in to spread glorius leaves and shoots in the house come January. I find them very hardy. Seems "Turutle fertilizer" is a secret with these guys. Really adore them. Chop them back as soon as the old ones start to whither. Can get two-three pots out of each one per summer.
On Jan 12, 2004, DaleP6 from Sarasota, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I have been growing this very successfully in a tera cotta pot. It made it through several very cold nights...35 degrees. I don't keep it particularly moist but water it once every few days with everything else. I am in Zone 9b
On Sep 13, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:
Pond grown in 9b, more suited in size for a residential situation than the large form of Papyrus. Deciduous in 9b, but returns in Spring if put into deep water from Nov 'til the water begins to warm in Spring.
On Sep 11, 2002, ArianesGrandma from Yorkville, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:
A real nice plant to have in a Small to Medium Size Pond.
I really enjoy it...
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Huntsville, Alabama Clayton, California Los Angeles, California Marina Del Rey, California Bartow, Florida Boyette, Florida Fort Myers, Florida Lochmoor Waterway Estates, Florida Loxahatchee, Florida Melbourne Beach, Florida Miami Beach, Florida Port Charlotte, Florida Port Saint Joe, Florida St Petersburg, Florida Tallahassee, Florida Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii Honomu, Hawaii Pass Christian, Mississippi Fruit Hill, Ohio Conway, South Carolina East Sumter, South Carolina Memphis, Tennessee Eagle Mountain, Texas Jacksonville, Texas Santa Fe, Texas