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Cyperus aristatus - Rottb.

Common Name Bearded nutsedge
Family Cyperaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet places in valleys and lowland all over N. America[60]. A cosmopolitan plant, it is not found at high latitudes[60].
Range N. America to S. America. Naturalized in N. Italy[50].
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Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Full sun
Cyperus aristatus Bearded nutsedge


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Cyperus aristatus Bearded nutsedge
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

 

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Summary

This name is a synonym of Cyperus squarrosus var. squarrosus.


Physical Characteristics

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Cyperus aristatus is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 8. The seeds ripen from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

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Synonyms

C. inflexus. Muhl. C. squarrosus. L.

Plant Habitats

 Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses:

Tuber - raw or cooked[46, 161, 177]. A starchy flavour[61].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Weaving

The leaves are used for weaving hats, matting etc[178].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers a moist sandy loam[95 , 117 ]. The dried plant is fragrant[235 ]. The plant has a strong aroma of Aloe tincture[328 ].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - surface sow in the spring and keep the compost moist[164]. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 6 weeks at 18°c[164]. 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.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Native to: Afghanistan, Alabama, Alberta, Andaman Is., Angola, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, Arkansas, Aruba, Assam, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil West-Central, British Columbia, Burkina, Burundi, California, Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Central African Repu, Chad, Chile Central, China South-Central, Colombia, Colorado, Connecticut, Cuba, Delaware, District of Columbia, East Himalaya, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Florida, Free State, Gabon, Galápagos, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Idaho, Illinois, India, Indiana, Iowa, Ivory Coast, Kansas, Kentucky, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Leeward Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Louisiana, Madagascar, Maine, Malawi, Mali, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mauritania, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nebraska, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New South Wales, New York, Niger, Nigeria, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oman, Ontario, Oregon, Pakistan, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Peru, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Québec, Rhode I., Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Socotra, Somalia, South Australia, South Carolina, South Dakota, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Tibet, Togo, Turks-Caicos Is., Uganda, Uruguay, Utah, Venezuela, Vermont, Victoria, Vietnam, Virginia, Washington, West Himalaya, West Virginia, Western Australia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe. Introduced into: Italy.

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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