Herb latin name: Cyperus aristatus
Synonyms: Cyperus inflexus, Cyperus squarrosus
Family: Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)
Edible parts of Cyperus aristatus:Tuber - raw or cooked. A starchy flavour.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Wet places in valleys and lowland all over N. America. A cosmopolitan plant, it is not found at high latitudes.
Other uses of Cyperus aristatus:The leaves are used for weaving hats, matting etc.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - surface sow in the spring and keep the compost moist. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 6 weeks at 18°C. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle. Grow on for their first winter in a greenhouse and plant them out in late spring after the last expected frosts. Division in spring or autumn. This is more a matter of harvesting the tubers and replanting them. If this is done in the autumn, then it is best to store the tubers in a cool frost-free place overwinter and plant them out in the spring.
Cultivation of Cyperus aristatus:Wet places in valleys and lowland all over N. America. A cosmopolitan plant, it is not found at high latitudes.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Cyperus aristatus:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.