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Graceful Grasses® Baby Tut® Umbrella Grass Cyperus involucratus

(10 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
24" 24"
Height
18 - 24"
Spread
18 - 24"
  • Details

    Features

    I'm looking for a GARDEN to call home.

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

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

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    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
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    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.

  • 10 Reviews

    • I love this plant. I have used it in containers every year for at least 5 years. It looks so nice & requires very little maintenance. I would highly recommend it.

      Cindy Pettit
      Pennsylvania
      United States
      50 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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.

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

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

      Pam
      Ohio
      United States
      8 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
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • its like the sun totally burt them , they turned yellow and are falling apart

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

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

      V J Simpson
      Missouri
      United States
      8 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
  • 120 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2012 Top Performer University of Minnesota - Morris
    2012 Top Performer University of Georgia
    2012 Plant of Distinction University of Georgia
    2012 Hall of Fame Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
    2011 Best Annuals University of Minnesota - Grand Rapids
    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
    2011 Gold Medal Winner Champaign County Illinois Master Gardener Idea Garden
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