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  • Egyptian paper rush
  • Eventual height: 1m
  • Eventual spread: 1m

Cyperus alternifolius

Egyptian paper rush

RHS award of garden merit
9cm pot £6.99
9cm pot £6.99
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This pond plant dies right back in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Depth of water: 0-10cm
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: August and September
  • Hardiness: tender (needs winter protection)

    This eye-catching perennial will add some summer structure to the margins of a pond, or those boggy areas of the garden that never quite dry out. It forms a clump of upright stems, which are topped with a cluster of leaf-like bracts. Then, from late summer to autumn, small yellow-brown flower spikelets appear, further adding to their appeal.

  • Garden care: Cut back and to the base in autumn and overwinter potted plants under glass, sitting them in a shallow tray of water and maintaining temperatures above 5C.
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