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Cyperus alternifolius

(Umbrella Palm )

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Quick Overview:

Umbrella plant or umbrella palm is a perennial sedge that features a grass-like clump of triangular green stems typically growing to 2-3’ tall. Each stem is topped by a whorl of 10-25 drooping leaf-like bracts that resemble the ribs of a raised umbrella.


Umbrella Palms have 24 to 72 inch high stems with thin blades arranged like an umbrella on the end. Plant them in nutrient rich soil in 2 to 5-gallon or larger containers. They prefer 1 to 6 inches water depth, and to be placed in sun to partial shade. Umbrella Palms may spread 12-48". Grow in wet, boggy soils in part shade to full shade. Best in part shade. Leaves may scorch if grown in full sun or if exposed to hot, drying winds in hot summer climates. Grows well in both standing water (up to 4”) and in boggy soils.

Additional Information

Common Name Umbrella Palm
Botanical Name Cyperus alternifolius
Container/Amount 3 gallon
Plant Category Aquatic
Evergreen or Deciduous Deciduous
Hardiness Zone 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
Height 48"
Width 12-48"
Growth Rate Average
Light Requirements Sun, Part-sun
Soil Condition Wet Soils
Water Needs High
Blooming Period Summer
Flower Color Brown
Fragrance No
Foliage Color Green
Berry Color No
Deer Resistant Yes

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