Greenhouse Plant of the Month: Papyrus | Cyperus Papyrus

Papyrus is a perennial sedge and aquatic flowering plant from the Cyperaceae family. The papyrus plant is native to Africa, known for its tall stature, and forms in clumps due to its rhizomorphous nature. It can grow up to an incredible 15 feet and spread up to 4 feet within standing water, boggy soils, or containers at the side of water gardens, pools, or ponds. Since these are tender plants, there needs to be careful watch of Papyrus plants in the winter as they prefer cool 60-65 degree Fahrenheit temperatures. This plant species thrives in Zones 9 to 10 and blooms from July to September. Papyrus plants need full sun to part shade while submerged in wet soil, making them relatively easy to grow if the right temperature is met. Papyrus plants make a great addition to any indoor garden or home with a warm environment!

History of Papyrus

Papyrus has a profound history of importance in ancient Egypt. Papyrus was a multifunctional plant for Egyptians as they found Papyrus could be used to make woven materials, food, and fragrances in addition to its primary use as a writing surface. Egyptians would use the stems of this plant to make paper-like writing material. The plant was cultivated and harvested heavily until it was severely depleted, but there are still small traces of Papyrus found in Egypt today. Papyrus is now cultivated as an ornamental plant.

 

Stop by the Greenhouse at Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park to view the thriving Papyrus plant!