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There’s a 'Tut' for Every Garden

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  Each of the Tut Graceful Grasses® Cyperus cultivars is different from the others and offers distinct advantages in the garden and containers.

Gardeners around the country are discovering the unique appeal and beauty of the three Tut varieties of Graceful Grasses®.  Each of these Cyperus are easy to grow and offers a truly exotic look for gardens and containers.  In fact, they’re the new “hot thing,” based on recent sales. 

We asked Dan Foster, Site Manager/Product Line Manager, to explain the differences between these amazing plants. 

King Tut® — Large and in charge

“King Tuts range in size from 48 to 72 inches and are upright, dramatic plants,” Foster says.  “They have a vigor rating of 4 and grow well with other very vigorous plants like Supertunia® Bubblegum® and Ipomoea.”

Foster points out some features of the King Tut:

  • They make an extremely striking display.  “I see them used a lot in large containers or in landscapes,” he says.
  • Ideal for very large containers typically measuring 26 to 36 inches
  • Can use a Bonzai® (paclobutrazol) drench to harden branches and leaves (which can break or topple).  “Grow it outside after the danger of frost is past, to acclimate King Tut to the wind,” Foster recommends.

Prince Tut™— More drama, smaller package

“In contrast, Prince Tut is about half the size of King Tut and has a vigor rating of 3,” he notes.  “For growers and retailers, this means Prince Tut has a slightly less dramatic affect, but it also uses less room for growing and on the shelf.”  Other great features include:

  • Easy to grow
  • Typically grows 18 to 30 inches
  • Ideal for mid-size combinations and containers
  • Plays well with other plants with vigor ratings of 3 or 2

Baby Tut® — Different cultivar, mounding habit

“Baby Tut is a different cultivar with a different leaf structure,” Foster points out.  “Its habit is mounding, versus a V-shaped upright.  Because it is a medium-sized grass, we use this a lot for backdrops in our Display Garden.”  He notes other features of Baby Tut:

  • Can be used in gardens and containers
  • Grows 18 to 24 inches
  • Vigor rating of 3, so pair it with other vigorous plants (3 or 4 rating, never a 2 rating).
For more information about any of the Tut Graceful Grasses varieties, contact Four Star at 734-654-6420 or Learn about growing the Tuts at

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