Provided for consumer information—Monrovia is not currently growing this plant.

  • Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Moderate grower, clumps formed to 8 to 20 in. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Deer Resistant
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Inconspicuous
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:si-PE-rus al-bo-stree-AH-tus
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    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
    Blooms:Inconspicuous
    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:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.