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Common Name: Fendler's Flatsedge
Cyperus fendlerianus is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Southwestern N. America - Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Wyoming and Mexico.
Clearings in montane forests at elevations of 500 - 1800 metres[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it could succeed outdoors at least in the milder parts of this country. Hybridization between Cyperus fendlerianus and C. sphaerolepis occurs occasionally in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico[
]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Prefers a moist sandy loam in a sunny position[
Tuber - raw or cooked[
]. They are usually peeled[
The leaves are used for weaving hats, matting etc.
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.