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Graceful Grasses® Prince Tut Dwarf Egyptian Papyrus

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  • Height 18-30 Inches
  • Width 24-36 Inches
  • Use as a thriller when using in containers

Sturdy upright stems carry a veritable mop of grass-like fronds that sprout from a single point at the top of the stem, looking for all the world like fireworks shooting out of the stem. Bright green, triangular shaped stems, smaller than traditional papyrus plants, create a visual treat when planted in your large containers alone, or with other annuals as a thrilling centerpiece. You can also plant these lovely green grass-like plants in your bog or water garden if your winter temperatures do not go below 35 degrees. The majority of gardeners, however, will have to opt for using this beautiful plant as an annual and for that purpose, Prince Tut Dwarf Egyptian Papyrus is a real show stopper.

This diminutive member of the Sedge family is native to Africa, Zones 10 to 11, where it can grow up to 15 feet tall, primarily in bogs, along streams and in areas with wet boggy soil, most famously along the Nile River in Egypt. Graceful Grasses Prince Tut is a dwarf Egyptian Papyrus, much more suited to homeowners patios and decks, or perhaps in a bog or water garden in the hottest portions of the growing zones. United States gardeners in all regions can grow Prince Tut as a long season annual, giving a show from spring until fall with its frilly heads and interesting nut-like seeds that form in the last part of the season. This annual makes a spectacular thriller in a large patio container, complementing flowering annuals that cascade down the planter while it waves in the breeze above.

Graceful Grasses® Prince Tut Dwarf Egyptian Papyrus Care

Papyrus is partial to the sun, growing best in part to full sun, at least 4 to 6 hours a day. As it prefers to be in wet, boggy soil, maintaining a consistent moisture is important. If you plant it with other annuals that cannot tolerate wet feet, keep the container well watered for best results. Use a fast draining soil of average quality. Papyrus prefers a soil pH at about 6 to 6.5, slightly acidic to neutral. Keep the crown of the roots above water or soil level. When planted in a bog or a water garden, this annual will survive just fine sitting in a couple inches of water. The key is consistently moist soil. Fertilize Prince Tut by applying a water soluble fertilizer that is diluted to half strength each month starting in the spring once planted. Spray the foliage and then water the plant to help avoid fertilizer burn.

Deadheading is not needed to keep papyrus producing stems and heads. Pruning is typically not needed unless you have a yellowed or dead stem, simply clip it off at the base and discard. Unfortunately this stately grass-like annual is not able to be overwintered indoors, so gardeners typically will repurchase new plants in the spring for the following year. This award winning best seller is worth the extra effort as it will really put on a show for your patio or deck containers.

Graceful Grasses® Prince Tut Dwarf Egyptian Papyrus Spacing

Space plants 18 to 24 inches apart when planted in your bog or water garden landscape. Prince Tut will grow up to 30 inches tall and spread out 36 inches wide, creating a spectacular focal point. Papyrus has historical significance as it is the source for making papyrus paper, but you will enjoy its beautiful upright habit in your annual garden containers or water gardens this spring.

Graceful Grasses® Prince Tut Dwarf Egyptian Papyrus Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 10-11
Flower Color(s): Green
Bloom Period: Grown for Foliage
Foliage Color(s) Green
Foliage Description: Bright Grass Green
Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Height Class: Tall
Height: 18-30 Inches
Spread: 24-36 Inches
Spacing: 18-24 Inches
Habit: Upright
Watering: Average
Drought Tolerant: No
Container Role: Thriller
Use Types: Combinations, Container, Landscape, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point
Features: Foliage Interest, Deadheading Not Necessary
Maintenance: Easy
Scientific Name: Cyperus papyrus 'Prince Tut'
Common Name: Graceful Grasses® Prince Tut Dwarf Egyptian Papyrus
Other Name(s): Egyptian Paper Reed, Giant Papyrus, Paper Reed, Papyrus
Plant Type: Annual
Brand: Proven Winners


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2 Reviews - Graceful Grasses® Prince Tut Dwarf Egyptian Papyrus Show Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Brent E. Koenig on Jun 15th 2021

    Arrived in great condition and doing well !!!

  • 5

    Posted by C DiRisio on May 7th 2021

    The plant arrived in perfect form. The size is bigger then I expected. Would order from again