Indoor plants

Papyrus plant

The papyrus plant: the history

The papyrus plant is an ancient plant known by the Egyptians both as a food supplied by the root tubercles and as a raw material for the preparation of paper papyri, the first paper suitable for writing. The roots of this plant enter pharmacology with restorative properties; the same are used in perfumery to extract a lively aroma of violet which is added to lavender water. The papyrus plant is very robust reaching three meters in height, it belongs to the rich Cyperaceae family. On the elementary school subsidiary we learned about the papyrus among the pages in which the story of the ancient Egyptians was told. From the ancient Egyptians, we always know that the papyrus plantinstead it was a symbol of fertility, regeneration and fecundity. The plant was also used in religious processions.

The papyrus plant: sowing, transplanting, multiplication


The papyrus genus is very vast and includes hundreds of species that grow indigenous to Italy and also to Europe, but especially in Africa. In the United States of America, the plant escaped from cultivation but has invaded Florida, Louisiana, California and Hawaii. It is also widespread in Madagascar. The papyrus plant easily multiplies by division. In regions with a mild winter climate, papyri should be grown in swampy or at least very humid soils, outdoors. It reproduces by cutting from the rhizome and from the stem. It is a species that seeks light, which loves to grow, in nature, along the banks of slow-flowing streams, with its roots submerged. In the spring and summer season, a stem is taken, cut by about a third, keeping the apex, sprouting the tuft of leaves. After a few weeks,

The papyrus plant: soil and flowering


The papyrus plant is an aquatic species, it lives mainly in marshy areas semi-submerged by the waters of rivers or lakes; it prefers very organic but also deep soil. Therefore it should always be grown in very capable pots (even half tubs) and such that they can be completely immersed in another container with water. However, you must be careful to check that the plant always has water available. The flowering of papyri occurs in May-June according to the climate of the region in which it lives. The flower consists of a tuft of feathery spikelets, arranged in an umbrella, of a light green or yellowish color. The enemies of the papyrus plant are aphids, scale insects, rust, at the first symptoms they must be treated immediately. Winter is the enemy season of this species.

Papyrus plant: The papyrus plant and cats


Among the many curiosities that are linked to the papyrus plant, one is linked to the predilection by cats for this plant. It seems that the tender leaves of the papyrus are a real treat for cats. There are many testimonies of owners of these splendid animals who tell of cats attracted by papyrus leaves. And, in fact, that’s exactly how it is. Papyrus is not a toxic food for our four-legged friends. Its leaves attract cats by causing them to vomit. Vomiting that often serves cats, large and small, to free themselves from hairballs that could affect the intestine. Having a papyrus at home means having a natural remedy to absorb moisture. In history the papyri are remembered for the use that the Egyptians made of them and yet, in the history closest to us in Herculaneum,

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