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Graceful Grasses® King Tut® Egyptian Papyrus Cyperus papyrus

  • Hardy Zones
    • 10 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 48 - 72 Inches
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Graceful Grasses® King Tut® Egyptian Papyrus Cyperus papyrus

Part Sun to Sun 48 - 72

Features

I come from VERY good stock.

Large heads of pendulous leaves; greenish flower spikelets can measure 1' across

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

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Tall
Garden Height: 
48 - 72 Inches
Spacing: 
36 - 48 Inches
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Green
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

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

Use as a centerpiece in large landscape beds or containers

Maintenance Notes: 

Cyperus Papyrus 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.

King Tut will also do well when planted in normal garden beds. It is best to keep the soil moist, but once established King Tut has proven to be surprisingly tolerant of dry conditions.

King Tut is an evergreen or neutral grass. Where temperatures get colder than 35 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 35 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.

Fine Gardening Magazine 2008 Trial Garden Recommendation.

  • This papyrus is even better than the font!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    JIZZ WAD
    12 weeks ago
  • Contrary to most reviews, our King Tut is beginning its third season in our garden after the last two winters indoors with us. I will admit it's not thriving but we have divided into two pots this spring and expect with more room to see it produce many more shoots this summer.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Michael Croke
    Keene
    New Hampshire
    United States
    13 weeks ago
  • I love this plant by itself and in large container gardens. Always part of my planting plan.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Mark Smith
    Anderson
    Indiana
    United States
    1 year ago
  • This is a very unique plant, it is quite a show piece. You need to keep it staked up if you have a lot of wind.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Deanna Hodges
    Gravois Mills
    Missouri
    United States
    1 year ago
  • I purchased this plant in a grouping pot. Loved it all season. Just wish it would winter over in my area. It does produce seed so I am going to try to harvest some seed to plant next season. A great eye catcher in the garden.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Maureen C
    Bayview
    Idaho
    United States
    1 year ago
  • Bought this "Proven Winner" for my balcony (southern exposure).. Exceptional plant that will grow tall enough to provide some screening for privacy on balcony. Easy care plant compared to other annuals, however I do use spiral stakes to help keep some of the floppier stalks upright. (the spikey heads of the stalks can be quite large and pull stalks over somewhat) This is one funky looking plant and everyone who passes by likes it and asks what it is. I consider the $12.99 I paid for it in the spring to be THE BEST BUY this season. Be sure to give it a BIG pot as I had to repot after only one month....vigorous grower.(it is mid July and mine is already 5 feet tall) We have just had a major heat wave and this plant showed no signs of stress or damage. I will be sure to purchase this plant again every year for my balcony.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    j conant
    Sarnia
    Ontario
    Canada
    2 years ago
  • I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PLANT. I WATER IT TWICE A DAY & IT JUST KEEPS GROWING & GROWING. I DIDN'T READ UP ABOUT IT B/F I BOUGHT IT & I WONDER IF IT WILL EVER STOP SPREADING. THERE R NEW SHOOTS COMING UP ALL THE TIME. I WILL HAVE TO CUT SOME OF THEM BACK B/C I HAVE IT IN A CIRCULAR GARDEN & IT'S TAKING OVER! WILL I KILL IT IT I CUT SOME OF THE NEW SHOOTS?I

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    BARBI FLINT
    Hollywood
    Florida
    United States
    3 years ago
  • this plant did awesome in a container! I am going to grow in my flower bed with my other grasses. You can cut the heads and use in flower arrangements. Drying them is good to cause they then can be used for other arrangements wreaths,

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    beatrice ross
    3 years ago
  • this plant did awesome in a container! I am going to grow in my flower bed with my other grasses. You can cut the heads and use in flower arrangements. Drying them is good to cause they then can be used for other arrangements wreaths,

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    beatrice ross
    3 years ago
  • this plant did awesome in a container! I am going to grow in my flower bed with my other grasses. You can cut the heads and use in flower arrangements. Drying them is good to cause they then can be used for other arrangements wreaths,

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    beatrice ross
    3 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2012 Top Performer The Oregon Garden
2012 Top Performer Ohio State University Extension - Springfield
2012 Top Performer Longwood Gardens
2012 Top Performer Cornell University
2012 Top Performer University of Tennessee
2012 Top Perfomer South Dakota State - McCrory Gardens
2012 Top Perfomer University of Wisconsin
2012 Top Performer Kansas State University
2012 Top Performer University of Minnesota - Grand Rapids
2012 Top Performer Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank
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