• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower, clumps formed to 8 to 20 in. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Deer Resistant
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:si-PE-rus al-bo-stree-AH-tus
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    Sunset climate zones:14 - 24
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower, clumps formed to 8 to 20 in. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Green
    Design 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').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow 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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    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.