Fluffy head like a duster
You may have wondered what the botanical image is featured in my logo. It’s a Papyrus! Also known as a Bull Rush, Nile Grass or Paper Reed.
You can see it is a tall, three-sided stemmed plant with a large fluffy head like a duster which is made of many thin hair-like branches with clusters of spikelets. These plants can grow up to 2-4 metres in height.
The papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) is a species of aquatic plant and can be found on the edge of wetlands including ponds. They enjoy the sun and a mild climate and are relatively easy to grow in containers where the soil is always kept moist.
It has thick underground stems known as rhizomes which can cause a problem of overcrowding if the plant is not split from time to time. It originated from Africa but has naturalised in south-eastern and central Queensland, northern and central New South Wales and has been found in Western Australia.
The ancient Egyptians used papyrus to make paper from the fibrous material found inside of the stem hence the name Paper Plant.
Florists use the papyrus in arrangements to provide line and height to contemporary designs. The fluffy head is easily shaped to a smaller compact size. I love this plant for is unusual foliage and as a cut plant it has a good vase life.