The name of this species is sometimes spelled Cyperus setigerus[
Cyperus berlandieri C.B.Clarke
Cyperus hallii Britton
Cyperus lutescens fulvescens C.B.Clarke
Cyperus setiger is a perennial, grass-like plant growing from a rhizomatous rootstock; it can grow around 50 - 100cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Central to southern N. America - Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas.
Bottomlands and sandy swamps[
]. Stream or pond banks in low areas[
]. Ditches, croplands; at elevations from 100 - 1,000 metres[
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Prefers a moist sandy loam in a sunny position[
Tuber - raw or cooked[
We have no specific information for this species, but it is said that the inner base of the young stems of all species in this genus can be eaten raw, and make an excellent survival food in times of need[
The leaves are used in basketry and 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. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.