King Tut Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus 'King Tut')
sih-PEER-us pah-PY-rus 'King Tut'

Annual (usually grown as an annual near you) in the Cyperaceae Family

Large heads of pendulous leaves; greenish flower spikelets can measure 1' across.


This plant is probably not winter-hardy outdoors where you live.
Highlights Award Winner Foliage Interest Heat Tolerant Deadheading Not Necessary Water Plant

Plant Data

Mature Size 4 - 6 feet tall. 3 - 4 feet wide.
Sun Exposure Partial Sun - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance Medium - Wet
Zones 9a - 10b (Usually hardy to 20° F)
Tags Annual, Annual in Chicago, Attracts Birds, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Deciduous, Full Sun, Good for Cut Flowers, Medium, Partial Sun, Tender Perennial, Thrillers, Wet, Wet Site Tolerant
Bloom Period July to September
Foliage Color

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Field-Grown vs. Greenhouse-Grown Plants

Plants which are well-adapted to our local climate are most often field-grown (outside). Field-grown plants are generally cheaper and have the advantage of already somewhat acclimated to our cold winters, but that means they’re not artificially far along in the spring and tend to bloom at the normal time in our area.

Spring annuals and tender perennials are typically grown in Greenhouses so they can be ready and luxurious exactly when customers want them. Some perennials are also “forced” into early bloom in greenhouses. In May, there can be a very big difference between field-grown and greenhouse-grown plants of the same type. The latter typically look good right away (so they’re a great choice where that’s important), but we typically pay a premium for it.

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We order from a rotating cast of the best nurseries in the Great Lakes region. It looks like we've offered this plant in the past, but the nurseries we're working with this week don't appear to have it in stock at the moment.

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