The umbrella plant or umbrella palm is a perennial sedge that features a grass-like clump of triangular green stems typically growing to 2-3’ tall. Each stem is topped by a whorl of 10-25 drooping leaf-like bracts that resemble the ribs of a raised umbrella.
‘Variegates’ is a variegated cultivar that usually grows slightly smaller than the species (to 2’ tall). Its bracts and stems are green, mottled and striped with white. Flowers in greenish-brown clusters appear in summer in the bract axils. Variegated foliage sometimes reverts to green over time.