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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
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.

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

From seed or by division.

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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