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Graceful Grasses® Baby Tut® Umbrella Grass Cyperus involucratus

  • Hardy Zones
    • 9 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 18 - 24 Inches
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Graceful Grasses® Baby Tut® Umbrella Grass Cyperus involucratus

Part Sun to Sun 18 - 24

Features

I'm looking for a GARDEN to call home.

A water garden friendly-grass that can be planted in the landscape as well

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Foliage Interest
Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary
Water Plant
Grass: 
Grass

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Medium
Garden Height: 
18 - 24 Inches
Spacing: 
14 - 20 Inches
Spread: 
18 - 24 Inches
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Green
Habit: 
Mounded
Container Role: 
Filler

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Grown for Foliage
Hardiness Zones: 
9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Grass
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

Use in water gardens, landscapes and mixed containers

Maintenance Notes: 

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.

  • 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.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Patrick Ryan
    Anchorage
    Alaska
    United States
    1 year 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.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Tina Wannenmacher
    3 years ago
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Russell Studebaker
    British Columbia
    Canada
    4 years ago
  • I was very surprised, it survived the first frost.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Tyler
    Minnesota
    United States
    4 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.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Pam
    Ohio
    United States
    4 years ago
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Marshall Dirks
    Illinois
    United States
    4 years ago
  • its like the sun totally burt them , they turned yellow and are falling apart

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    tina
    Minnesota
    United States
    4 years ago
  • What a beauty!

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    dar
    Michigan
    United States
    4 years ago
  • I planted it in a container with coleus. It is a delightful little plant!

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    V J Simpson
    Missouri
    United States
    4 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2012 Plant of Distinction University of Georgia
2012 Hall of Fame Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
2012 Top Performer University of Georgia
2012 Top Performer Kansas State University
2012 Top Performer Calgary Zoo and Botanic Garden
2012 Top Performer University of Minnesota - Morris
2011 Best of the Best (multiyear award) Champaign County Illinois Master Gardener Idea Garden
2011 Excellent Oregon State University
2011 Consumer Chosen Top Performer Ohio State University - Columbus
2011 Top Performer University of Georgia
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