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Graceful Grasses® Prince Tut Dwarf Egyptian Papyrus Cyperus papyrus

  • 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
  • Fall
Mature Size
3' 3'
18" - 3'
2' - 3'
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    I can go ALL summer.

    A nicely compact form of Egyptian Papyrus, about half the height of King Tut, but with the same large poms on the ends of the stems.  Fun and interesting, without being so overwhelmingly huge.  With shorter stems than King Tut, Prince Tut is quite sturdy and less likely to have stems flop.

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    Foliage Interest
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Bog Plant
    Water Plant


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    18 - 30 Inches
    18 - 24 Inches
    24 - 36 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Bright Grass Green
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Mass Planting
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    Use in larger containers alone  and as a thriller in large combinations.  Great in the landscape, where it is best with consistent moisture.

    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.

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

    Prince 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 can 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.

  • 9 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • This is our 3rd year growing a Prince Tut Papyrus plant on our mostly sunny deck. It gets full sun for approx 6 hours a day and is in full shade the rest of the time. We plant it alone in an elevated cedar planter and it is a beautiful addition to our deck. We love this fun, beautifully shaped, brightly colored and interesting plant. Sadly, it is too cold to winter over here, so remains an annual for us. It does love plenty of water yet doesn't demand it :) Highly recommended this low maintenance, hardy, attractive summer plant.

      , British Columbia
      , Canada
      , 18 weeks ago
    • Every year for the last 4 years I have planted a Tut in a corner that I pass countless times a day. This fun plant makes me happy every time and never gets mundane. When it finally gets too cold for it to wave and bounce happily outside I cut this grass to dry and bring more interest into the house so I consider a year round gift.

      Nancy Brown
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I grew this wonderful plant in a container that perched on the deck railing. First it was surrounded by petunias, but later I overhauled it by placing small mum plants with it for fall. We had drought so I kept it watered well and it was forgiving when I wasn’t able to water it at times. Overall, an excellent thriller. Will try to over winter it.

      Terry Z
      , South Dakota
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I planted this with some Lemon Coral Sedum and Superbena Royale Plum Wine. This grew so large and was so pretty and tropical. I would do it again and omit the Superbena as the contrast between the colors & foliage texture of the sedum and the grass was very striking.

      Dawn Augustyn
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • Bought this as a 'thriller' for pot and it proved to be just that! Survived through a pretty hot summer, I will replace this year.

      Colleen Kennedy
      , Nevada
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • This plant was PERFECT. It held up well, all summer long, and even after a couple of light frosts. Unlike it's bigger brother, King Tut, it held up well if I forgot to water regularly. Grew to be much bigger than I thought it would, though it was to show any change.

      James Jakeway
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • I grew this last year in an outdoor container. It did really well even though we had a drought for 3 months. It was watered every day while still being in sun most of the day. The look of this plant is fantastic. I will grow it again and will probably try the other sizes.

      , Oregon
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
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