Also known as
The Bulrush of The Bible, Nile Grass, Paper Reed, Papirus, Papierriet (Afr.), Egyptian paper plant, Paper plant
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2 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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A wetland clump-forming plant with tall bare stems and a mop-like crown or head of thread-like leaves or spikelets. It can grow up to 5m tall and heavy heads bed downwards under their own weight. They occur naturally in swamps and wetlands throughout Africa and some Mediterranean countries. It is used as building material and the rhizomes can be eaten raw or cooked. A wetland plant for gardens, adding height to the landscape. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga.
Common problems with Papyrus
Papyrus Companion Plants
Water with other wetland plants like arum lilies.
How to harvest Papyrus
The roots are harvested for consumption by humans. Divisions and new shoots can be removed in spring time for propagation purposes.
How to propagate Papyrus
Divide the rhizomes and replant.
Divide the thick rhizomes with stems cut back and replant in wet soil.
Sow seed in Spring.
Special features of Papyrus
Birds use the tuffs as material for nest building.
Planting it in a pot in a pond will help to contain it to one area.
Well suited to grow in wetlands.
The leaves make interesting soft balls at the end of long stems.
Other uses of Papyrus
Makes a good feature plant near water.
In Ancient Egypt, papyrus was used for various of purposes such as baskets, sandals, blankets, medicine, incense, and boats. The woody root was used to make bowls and utensils, and was burned for fuel.
The roots are edible raw or cooked.
It has environmental value. With the quantities it grows in and having its roots in the water, it plays an important role in the cleaning of the environment and regulation of the ecosystem.