- Latin Name- Cyperus rotundus Hardy Zone- 8-10 Mature Height- 55inch Sun Or Shade- Full Sun
Nut Grass - Cyperus rotundus
Nut Grass is also call java grass, and is named for the way it's sprouts look similar to nuts. It will need fertile soil to grow to its maximum size, but prefers dry ground to moist ground. Like other grasses, Nut Grass can be used to compliment larger flowering plants or flowering ground cover. They are versatile and very hardy. Nutgrass, also called Java grass, is one of the most native sedges found on earth. Although Cyperus rotundus does not bear fruiting nuts and is entirely unrelated to nuts botanically, its characteristic tubers sprout in a shape that superficially resembles one. Fertile soil is vital to maximizing this plant's size, and although the dry ground is preferable, it is almost impossible to mess up the planting area. Nutgrass leaves grow in trios from a triangular cross-section and are striated beautifully with white and silver lines that run from the stem to the tip. Characteristic of most sedges, Nut grass produces fleshy white rhizomes that sprout upwards in flowing chains before forming bulbs from which more Nut grass grows. Like many other kinds of grass, Cyperus rotundus can be used as either a compliment to larger plants or as a flowering ground, the beauty of which cannot be understated. Cyperus rotundus has also been referred to as purple sage grass, due to purple undertones which provide a beautiful highlight to their green bulbs. Nutgrass prefers dry conditions but will tolerate moistness in soil; they are among the hardiest of sedges, often growing in crop fields and flatlands. The tubers are bitter but edible and serve as an essential source of nutrition for many breeds of migrating birds, such as cranes. Their versatility and hardiness have made them a necessary component in the traditional medicines of regions from China to Sudan. Nutgrass will spread quickly and can often be hard to remove once planted, but their usefulness in landscaping and decoration make them a favorite among landscapers who are not concerned about crop development.