Egyptian papyrus is native to Africa, found commonly along the Nile where it grows at the water's edge. It reaches a height of 6 to 10 feet, although the dwarfed cultivar "Perkamentus Compact" grows to only 2 to 3 feet in height.
When planting the Egyptian papyrus choose a shallow pool of water containing about 2 inches of water. Egyptian Papyrus prefers rich, loamy soil at neutral or slightly acid pH. It will grow nicely in sandy soil or clay as well, provided there is abundant moisture. In addition to adequate moisture, make sure it has partial shade. Fertilize with formula designated for pond plants from time to time. Watch your papyrus grow! The plant is naturally fast growing and forms large clumps over time.