- Approximate height: 1.2 - 1.5m (4 - 5 feet)
Recommended water depth over crown of plant: 10cm (4 inches)
- Flowering time: July onwards
- Flower colour: Green and brown seed heads
- Supplied in the solid 1 litre pot we grow them in - for best results we recommend potting on into at least a 5 litre pot
The Mexican Papyrus is less well-known than its African cousin the standard Papyrus Grass, but looks similar. It is found in wet forests and swamps across Central and South America, from Mexico and the Caribbean through Venezuela, Brazil, and down to Argentina. It consists of the same sturdy, fleshy, mid-green stems, growing to a height of well over a metre, topped with 'feather duster' leaf heads and followed by seed clusters.
We are the only people in the UK or Europe (and as far as we know, the US) to produce this hardy strain of this plant. We have given it to two nurseries based in different parts of Europe, to allow gardeners on the continent to buy it and to reduce the chance that it will be lost to cultivation.
It is an undemanding plant, which grows from a rhizome in a very similar way to the other pond Cyperus species, but simply larger. It looks best in a sunny, sheltered position, and does need a big pot due to its impressive size. A rare and unique statement plant.
If designing a planting scheme, we recommend approximately 1 Cyperus giganteus plant per four square feet of ground, or per two linear feet of pond edge. Read more here on how to pot and care for your plant.