Giant Egyptian Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus)

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Growing Zone: 9-11
Growing Zone: 9-11 Outdoors

Plant Specifications

Plant Name Giant Egyptian Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus)
Mature Height 6-12 feet
Mature Width 2-4 feet
Spacing 3-4 feet apart
Sunlight Full Sun
Temperature Tolerance 70-95°F
Watering Needs Moderate (Once a week)
Growth Rate 1-2 feet/year
Difficulty Level Easy
Grows Well Indoors No
Flowering Time Late summer to early fall
Origin Native to Africa

Introducing the iconic Cyperus papyrus, better known as the Giant Egyptian Papyrus. This aquatic sedge hails from the Nile riverbanks of ancient Egypt and is famed for its tall, elegant stalks crowned with umbrella-like clusters, evoking images of ancient civilizations and timeless beauty.

How to Grow

The Giant Egyptian Papyrus thrives in full to partial sun, relishing its feet wet. It's a perfect choice for pond edges, water gardens, or boggy areas. While it's adaptable to various soil types, it prefers consistently moist or even submerged conditions. Ideal for USDA zones 9-12, this plant can grow impressively tall, often reaching heights of up to 10 feet.

Care Tips

Maintain consistent moisture levels for this sedge. If not planted directly in water, ensure regular watering to keep the soil constantly damp. While it can tolerate occasional dry spells, it's happiest when well-hydrated.


Historically, the stems of the papyrus plant were used to make the eponymous papyrus paper, a writing material in ancient Egypt. Today, its architectural form serves as a dramatic focal point in water features, aquatic gardens, or even as a unique container plant for patios and larger indoor spaces.

Planting Tips

If situated in a pond or water feature, anchor the plant's roots with stones to keep it stable. For terrestrial plantings, dig a hole deep enough to accommodate the root ball, ensuring it's well-watered post-planting.


Trim back any yellowing or old stems to maintain its neat appearance. In colder climates, consider bringing it indoors or providing protective mulch during winter to shield against frost.

Pests and Diseases

Generally pest-resistant, the Giant Egyptian Papyrus might occasionally attract aphids or caterpillars. A gentle spray of insecticidal soap or neem oil can help deter these pests. Its love for wet conditions means it's less prone to common fungal diseases, but always ensure clean water to prevent rotting.



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