Great plant! Have entered mine in two flower shows and won blue ribbons in both. I use outdoors in Summer and indoors in Winter. Keep moist and trim back leaf tips if they turn brown. Otherwise, no maintenance necessary. Remember, it is a water plant so hard to overwater.
Graceful Grasses® Baby Tut® Umbrella Grass Cyperus involucratus
- Hardy Zones
- 9 - 11
- Part Sun to Sun
- Mature Size
- 18 - 24 Inches
A water garden friendly-grass that can be planted in the landscape as well
Use in water gardens, landscapes and mixed containers
Cyperus is not hardy enough to survive winters with freezing temperatures and it is not a candidate to overwinter inside. It is a very fast grower and will quickly grow to impressive size when replanted in the spring.
The plant can be planted in pots, along the waters edge of a pond, or even in a pond. The crown of the plant should never be covered in water and in fact both of these varieties can thrive in water as shallow as a few inches. The purpose is to keep the bulk of the soil or root mass wet.
The root ball can be submerged but it isn't necessary. If the plant is put into a pot I would suggest plugging the hole or holes in the bottom of the pot to keep as much water as possible in the pot
Baby Tut can also be planted in regular garden soil. It is best to keep the soil moist, but once established Baby Tut can tolerate some dry soil conditions.
Baby Tut is an evergreen or neutral grass. Where temperatures get colder than 25 degrees F, the plants should be treated as annuals. Once the grass turns brown it can either be removed immediately or removed in the spring. It should not be expected to live through the winter and begin growing again in the spring.
In areas where winter temperatures remain above 25 degrees it should be considered a perennial and the following information should be useful.
Evergreen or neutral grasses are usually plants that look like grasses but aren't actually classified as grasses, they are generally called grass-like plants.
Divide evergreen or neutral grasses and grass-like plants in spring only.
Evergreen grasses don't ever go dormant. Dividing plants wounds them to some degree. For evergreen grasses this wounding will really affect their ability to live through the winter.
- Patrick RyanAnchorageAlaskaUnited States3 years ago
This is the first year I have grown this plant. I live in Central Illinois and it did fine as long as you keep it well watered. I planted it in a large pot and put a saucer under it to hold more water. It makes an interesting plant to add to my flower bed. I would recommend it to others and make sure that they know it needs lots of water.Tina Wannenmacher5 years ago
- Russell StudebakerBritish ColumbiaCanada5 years ago
I was very surprised, it survived the first frost.TylerMinnesotaUnited States5 years ago
This plant is awesome grown in containers. I planted King Tut in ground this year...it grew to be over 6 ft tall. If your looking for a tropical looking plant this is it.PamOhioUnited States5 years ago
- Marshall DirksIllinoisUnited States5 years ago
its like the sun totally burt them , they turned yellow and are falling aparttinaMinnesotaUnited States5 years ago
What a beauty!darMichiganUnited States5 years ago
I planted it in a container with coleus. It is a delightful little plant!V J SimpsonMissouriUnited States5 years ago
|Award Year||Award||Plant Trial|
|2012||Hall of Fame||Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden|
|2012||Top Performer||University of Minnesota - Morris|
|2012||Top Performer||Kansas State University|
|2012||Top Performer||University of Georgia|
|2012||Plant of Distinction||University of Georgia|
|2011||Grower Evaluation Top Performer||Ohio State University - Columbus|
|2011||Consumer Chosen Top Performer||Ohio State University - Columbus|
|2011||Top Performer||University of Georgia|
|2011||Top Performer||University of Minnesota - Morris|
|2011||Best of Show (top 1%)||Penn State|