Native to Africa, Papyrus, Cyperus papyrus, was used by the ancient Egyptians to make a paper-like material which was then used for writing. This clump-forming, tender perennial must be grown in a pot which does not have drainage holes as its roots must be constantly wet. It must also be taken inside before freezing weather to over-winter in a bright room. In hot climates, with adequate moisture, it can grow to more than 15 feet tall. Given the restricted growing conditions of a pot, 2 to 3 feet is normal.
• “What’s in Bloom” is a regular feature that runs during the year’s warmer months and features blooming plants at the city-owned Jensen-Olson Arboretum.