Herb: Slender Cyperus
Latin name: Cyperus distans
Family: Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)
Medicinal use of Slender Cyperus:The juice of the root is used in the treatment of fevers.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Open sunny places to elevations of 1300 metres in Nepal.
Edible parts of Slender Cyperus:Tuber - raw or cooked. Eaten in sauces.
Other uses of the herb:The leaves are used for weaving hats, matting etc.
Propagation of Slender Cyperus: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 the herb:Open sunny places to elevations of 1300 metres in Nepal.
Known hazards of Cyperus distans:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.