Dwarf Umbrella Grass
Dwarf Umbrella Grass
Cyperus albostriatusItem #3110 USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 - 11
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Erect stems are topped by broad leaves, its narrow leaflets appear like ribs of an umbrella. Soft appearance to grass-like plant. Effective near water. Does best in containers. Evergreen perennial.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:si-PE-rus al-bo-stree-AH-tusPlant type:Ornamental GrassDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:14 - 24Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower, clumps formed to 8 to 20 in. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:InconspicuousFlower color:GreenDesign IdeasUse this plant to lend an exotic, tropical character to plantings both in and out of the water. Umbrella Grass is ideal for planting in Asian ceramic containers and is a good alternative to more invasive Bamboo. Plant on the margins of water gardens in conjunction with landscape boulders or where drainage is too poor to support other plants.Companion PlantsThis water-garden plant from the sedge family combines well with aquatics like Horsetail Reed Grass (Equisetum hyemale) and Variegated Japanese Water Iris (Iris ensata 'Variegata'), with its purple butterfly-like flowers. More terrestrial combinations may include the white-flowering African Iris (Moraea iridioides) and Tomlinson Natal Plum (Carissa macrocarpa 'Tomlinson'). In milder climates combine Umbrella Grass with the exotic Kaffir Lily (Clivia miniata 'French Hybrid') and Everblooming Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides 'Veitchii').
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.Pruning time: fall.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
- History & LoreHistory:This is not a grass but a sedge counted in the Cyperaceae. It's native to South Africa and classified by Heinrich Schrader, a German botanist of the early 18th century.Lore:Because there are number of Cyperus species such as nut sedge that have become pernicious, invasive weeds, these eager plants are often maligned with their badly behaved relatives.