Graceful Grasses

Cyperus alternifolius

Umbrella Grass

  • Grass-like leafy bracts form umbrella at top of scape
  • Stem (scape) up to 3' long, green, glabrous
  • 20-25 linear, leaflike bracts crowded at scape top
  • Will grow in standing water
  • Good in near or water element
Great Foliage
Great Foliage
Ornamental Grass
Ornamental Grass
Water's Edge / Bog Plant
Water's Edge / Bog Plant
Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun
Partial Sun

Interesting Notes about Umbrella Grass:

Inflorescence is non-ornamental; Scapes tend to grow so long that they flop over and take root; May require support

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

It is a very fast grower and will quickly grow to impressive size when replanted in the spring.  The plant can be planted in pots, along the waters edge of a pond, or even in a pond. The crown of the plant should never be covered in water.  Soil in gardens or pots, should be kept moist.

Height: 18-24 in
Spread: 18-24 in
Spacing: 14-20 in
Price Level 1: $7.99 ea.~6 ½” pot
Bloom Color: Non-Flowering
Zone: 9-11

Additional Characteristics & Attributes:


  • Water's Edge / Bog Plant
  • Great Foliage
  • Garden
  • Container
  • Ornamental Grass


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun


  • Upright

Foliage Color:

  • Green

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Spring Bloomer
  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Water Garden
  • Average Water