Cyperus papyrus is a species of aquatic flowering plant belonging to the sedge family Cyperaceae. It is a tender herbaceous perennial, native to Africa, and forms tall stands of reed-like swamp vegetation in shallow water. This tall, robust, leafless aquatic plant can grow 8 to 16 ft high. It forms a grass-like clump of triangular green stems that rise up from thick, woody rhizomes. Each stem is topped by a dense cluster of thin, bright green, thread-like stems around 4 to 10" in length, resembling a feather duster when the plant is young.
Papyrus sedge has a very long history of use by humans, notably by the Ancient Egyptians—it is the source of papyrus paper, one of the first types of paper ever made. Does well in ponds, gardens and containers.
Other Names: papyrus sedge, paper reed, Indian matting plant, Nile grass, King Tut grass.