Papyrus - Cyperus

Common Names: Papyrus, Lion's Head Papyrus, Bulrush, Paper Plant

Botanical names: Cyperus (SY-per-us)

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 21 to 28 days

Storage temperatures: 40 - 50 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: A thick, grasslike tuft of thin, bright green threadlike rays at the top of a long stem resembling a feather duster. There are no leaves above the soil line.

Color: light to medium green

Botanical facts: In Ancient Egypt papyrus was used not only to make paper, but also for baskets, sandals, blankets, medicine, incense, and boats.

Design notes: A wonderful unusual foliage. Popular in free form contemporary designs.

Purchasing hints: Purchase clean stems with tufts that do not show any signs of browning, spotting or drying out.

Conditioning: Cut two inches off of the stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of warm water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: In nature, papyrus grows in full sun, in flooded swamps, and on lake margins.