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Umbrella Sedge - Plant

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Sedges have edges, goes the old botanical rhyme, and that is the way to distinguish sedge from other ornamental grasses. The green sedge stalks are triangular and squared off at the corners.

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About Umbrella Sedge

Umbrella sedges, ornamental grasses belonging to the Cyperaceae family, are herbaceous perennials commonly grown in backyard containers and water gardens. These aquatic plants flourish in the moist wetland soil at creeks and pond edges, and can help hold wet soil together, especially around water sources with sloping banks.

Umbrella sedges come in a variety of types, including a popular dwarf variety (Cyperus albostriatus) and t

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Umbrella Sedge,Umbrella Sedge,Cyperus eragrostis, tall flatsedge, nutgrass, tall nutgrass, umbrella sedge, chufa, Earth almond, zula nuts, edible galingale and pale galingale.
Maximum Reachable Height 6-25 inches.
Bloom Time Early July through late August
Difficulty Level Easy to grow.

Planting and care

  • The main concern about Cyperus houseplants is the moisture level and consistency.
  • The umbrella houseplants must never be allowed to dry out.
  • Apply a half dilution of fertilizer once per month during the growing season and suspend in winter.
  • Watch for splashing on the leaves, as fungal diseases can spread in this manner.
  • Propagating this plant is easy. Just take a 4- to 6-inch cutting and suspend it upside down in water.
  • Roots will emerge and you can place the new plant in soil.
  • Divide your houseplant every three years. Remove the plant from the pot and cut out the outside growth.
  • Save and pot up this newer growth and discard the old central older plant.
  • Umbrella Sedge care

    Umbrella sedge can grow in standing moisture or in ponds as well as in perennial beds if watered regularly. It also is suitable for container growing, and you can grow it as a houseplant in cold winter areas. If you have limited garden space, plant it in a container before adding it to ponds or gardens to restrain its root growth.

    Umbrella sedge can become invasive under the right conditions either by spreading its seeds or by forming clumps. When the clumps get too large or root-bound, unpot them or dig them up to divide them.

    Sunlight Full sun or partial shade.
    Watering Water regularly.
    Temperature Warm.
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizers.

    Umbrella Sedge uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • Often cultivated as a garden ornamental, particularly in ponds and water features

    Medicinal Use:

    • The tubers are credited with astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, dessicant, cordial and stomachic properties
    • A decoction of the tuber is used for washing hair, treating gonorrhea and syphilis
    • It is also given in diarrhea and for general weakness

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is another name for a Umbrella Sedge ?

    Umbrella Sedge is commonly known as Umbrella Sedge,Umbrella Sedge,Cyperus eragrostis, tall flatsedge, nutgrass, tall nutgrass, umbrella sedge, chufa, Earth almond, zula nuts, edible galingale and pale galingale.

    How tall do Umbrella Sedge grow?

    On average Umbrella Sedge grows 6-25 inches.

    When Umbrella Sedge blooms?

    With enough light, Umbrella Sedge may produce flowers in Early July through late August

    How hard is Umbrella Sedge to grow?

    A Umbrella Sedge is Easy to grow.

    How much sunlight does a Umbrella Sedge need?

    A Umbrella Sedge prefers Full sun or partial shade.

    How much water does a Umbrella Sedge need?

    A Umbrella Sedge prefers watering Water regularly.

    What temperature does a Umbrella Sedge like?

    A Umbrella Sedge prefers Warm.

    How often should I fertilize my Umbrella Sedge ?

    To encourage Umbrella Sedge growth, Apply any organic fertilizers.

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