Umbrella palm (Cyperus alternifolius )


  • Hardiness: Zones 7-11; normally grown as a container plant
  • Height: 18 to 36 inches
  • Flower: Flat, leaf like bract produced at top of stem
  • Foliage: Leafless stem toped with spiral of dark green leaves
  • Comments: Sun or light shade; can be used in water gardens or as a houseplant (container on tray of water);
  • keep moist or grow in standing water; prefers fertile soil; sun and wind can brown the bracts; plant in 2 to 5 gallon pot; grow with 1 to 6 inches of water covering the crown
  • Cultivars/Species: Variegatus (white striped leaves, bracts, and stems); Gracilis ( compact; 18”); Nana (dwarf)