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botanical name:
Cyperus esculentus
Cyperus esculentus © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Chufa Sedge, Yellow Nutsedge, Tigernut Sedge, Earthalmond
family:  Cyperaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.90m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: grassy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: buff
fruit colour: buff
stem/bark: green
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, wet/waterlogged soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -12°C
USDA zone: 8 to 11
description:
Perennial sedge producing edible tubers with a slightly sweet, nutty flavour. Triangular sectioned stems and slender grass-like leaves. Yellowish-brown flowering spikelets.
Spreads strongly and can become very invasive.

cultivation:
Damp or moist soil in full sun or part shade. Will grow in shallow water.


propagation:
From seed or by division.

usage:
Cultivated in Spain and elsewhere to produce edible Tiger nuts.


other notes:
Probably originally native to Asia but now widely naturalised, particularly in sub-tropical and tropical areas.

Was grown for food in Ancient Egypt.

Regarded as a problematic weed in sonme areas and very difficult to erradicate.

pronounced: sy-PER-us es-kew-LEN-tus

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