The Umbrella plant is a species of sedge native to Africa and western Asia that is widely planted as an ornamental for its charming, umbrella-like form and its rich green color. This relative of the Egyptian papyrus is grown in gardens and ponds in regions with mild climates and it is also grown as a container plant in cool regions. Also called the Umbrella papyrus. Hardy in zones 9-12.
Growing Instructions for the Umbrella Plant
Sow on to the surface of moistened seed-sowing compost and cover with the lightest sprinkling of sieved soil. The seeds need darkness to germinate. Cover the seeds and keep them moist. Germination should take place in approximately 10 to 12 days at 20 to 24°C (68 to 75°F). Maintain this temperature until the seedlings are established. Once seedlings are large enough to handle, approximately eight weeks after sowing transplant a small clump of seedlings, around 4 to 6 plants into a 8 to 10 cm pot (3 to 4in) after a further eight weeks transplant into bigger pot, 12 to 13 cm (5 to 6in) to grow on. They will form a bushy plant and be ready to go into the garden in summer. Grow on at 14 to 25°C (57 to 77°F).