With the limited garden space I have you might think I always make rational choices. But sometimes the glamour of a plant will trump my will power.
This was the parent plant for one of my guilty pleasures: cyperus. I don’t know if it has any wildlife value. I am not even certain it is a native plant.
Invasive? Of that I am almost certain.
Why grow it? Because … Ancient Egypt. … Papyrus … Art Deco …
This plant is indestructible. It normally grows along waterways in full sunshine. Where do I have it? Dry heavy hardpan clay. In the spring it gets about an hour of dappled sun each day. Full shade in the summer. No irrigation.
I planted it this spring from a cutting and it is now about 4 feet tall, three feet wide. It is still a little sparse so this year I took another cutting to start a new plant. If you would like to join my madness here’s how …
You can use root division or seeds to propagate these plants but I love this little trick.
- Cut off one of the stems.
- Turn it upside down.
- Trim the leaves so they will fit in a pot of soil. Press the leaves into the soil.
- Use paper clips to anchor the leaves.
- Keep the soil boggy wet until you get good root development.
The sprout in the photo took about two weeks to emerge. The air temperature was hot: about 90 degrees in the day; 75ish at night.
Frost and freezing temperatures will set it back but the ones I see growing wild and in gardens seem to recover each spring. (zone 8)
Do you have a guilty garden pleasure: a plant that maybe against your better judgement you decided to grow anyway?