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Dwarf Egyptian Papyrus Water Garden Bog House Plant


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Dwarf Cypress papyrus or Dwarf Egyptian Papyrus is a just a neat little plant with lots of versatile ways to enjoy. It has a unique and attractive shape and adds interesting color, texture & variety. 

It is a dwarf variety of Egyptian Papyrus (as in the bull rushes where baby Moses was found). This species is native to Eastern Africa and Madagascar.  It grows well in moist. damp, boggy areas, making it an excellent choice for water gardens and naturalizing, and will also grow with the roots fully submerged.

It makes a beautiful and interesting indoor plant, lending a peaceful Zen like elegant feeling.  Dwarf Papyrus is especially pretty in a shallow glass bowl of river rock partially submerged. (It will actually grow in standing water, and is remarkably easy to care for.) It is also great for those summer boggy areas in the yard where it is too wet for other plants..just remember to make sure it has enough moisture in the winter & spring.

It can be planted in full sun, but does best in light shade; it won't be fussy about much, other than having enough moisture.    If planting in a water feature, it can be left in the pot in order to keep the root system contained and the feature clean, or it can be taken out of the pot and anchored in with rocks or stone.

When it is grown indoors, just add a small amount of water soluble plant food every few months, and nip back any shoots that get taller than desired. This particular cultivar will reach a height of only about 1-2' tall.  The stems end in interesting umbrella like tufts that are green that will turn gold in the late summer.  It is semi tropical, and is not winter hardy outdoors north of zone 9.  In zone 9 it should be protected from prolonged temps below 32F. New plants are easy and fun to grow.  Just cut off a topknot 'tuft' and float it in water, new roots will grow in a couple of weeks, then replant. These make a great gift for a beginning gardener, or house warming.  

Available Size

4 Inch Pots - Mature, well rooted starter size plants, growing and shipped in a 4 inch plastic pot, plant will be a minimum of about 8 to 10 inches tall.

Botanical Name Cyperus papyrus
Common Name Dwarf Egyptian Paprus
Plant Family Cyperaceae
Mature Size 18 to 24 Inches
Bloom Color None
Bloom Form None
Bloom Time None
Water Constant moisture
Light Best in light shade
Zone 9, 10, 11
Fragrance None
Key Features Very easy care
Suggested Uses Water features, bog, house plant
Grower Notes Do allow drying out


Can be successfully planted directly into the planting area..

  • Plant in fertile, high organic, slightly acidic soil. Amend with high quality organic material as needed.
  • Locate in light shade
  • Provide adequate irrigation to maintain constant soil moisture.
  • Feed a good quality, slow release, fertilize with the initial planting and yearly in the spring thereafter.  Follow label percautions to prevent run off.
  • Prune as needed to control size and prevent legginess.
  • Protect from frost and freeze.

  • Model: EGY-PAP-DW-4
  • Shipping Weight: 2lbs
  • 15 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Emerald Goddess Gardens

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