C12. Umbrella Plant

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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.