Cyperus longus L.

Galingale, Sweet Cyperus, Sweet Galingale

Family: Cyperaceae

Genus: Cyperus

Category: Grass

Zones: 7 to

Size: To 3' tall

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


For bog gardens, in ponds or moist soils. Unlike other Papyrus it does not have umbrella-like inflorescences. Tall, thin, arching, rich green leaves, give a grassy effect. Contrasting reddish-brown spikelets in late summer. Rampant spreader.


Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 45 in 1753.

Native to tropical Africa, South Africa, the Canary Islands and Madeira, temperate and tropical Asia and much of Europe.


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