Plant ID California plant

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  1. ersh99

    ersh99 Active Member

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    Hello-

    I was recently travelling in California, the Bay Area and ran across this lovely plant. Can anyone ID it? It was very tall and in a protected spot up against a house. Would this be a plant that could survive in the Seattle area? I love it!

    Thank you in advance!
     

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    Looks like a type of Cyperus papyrus, most commonly sold in garden centers.
    Hard to tell the size of the plant from the pictures so it could be a dwarf variety which is only about 3ft or it could be giant papyrus, which grows up to 6ft. Plants like water so they need boggy or wet conditions, good for water gardens, zone 8a

    I have some giant papyrus growing in my water garden here in Vancouver BC
     
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    Ooh, thank you! Yes, it was very tall so must have been the Giant Papyrus. Is it evergreen in Vancouver or does it need to be protected from sun or wind? thanks again!
     
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    It seemed to have a more spreading bulbous growth pattern, not clumping as I see online...?
     
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    There are several types of papyrus but they will all spread out from the root ball by suckering or will spread by seeds. It also depends upon how many plants were planted if it was really spread out.
    They are not evergreen but will die back after flowering and will regrow in the spring

    FYI, your images look like my plants, spread out. But then mine are growing in a pot that allows them room to spread out, not restricted into one large clump.
     
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    awesome thank you so much! I will give them a try : )
     

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