Cyperus prolifer is an attractive, medium-sized plant, suitable for waterside planting. Although much smaller, the plant bears a superficial resemblance to papyrus, hence the common name. It has very inconspicuous leaves, represented by red-brown sheaths at the base. The best growing conditions are full sun, with a sandy or muddy substrate on the edge of a water body. The water should be shallower, about 10 cm deep at most. For best effect the plants should be allowed to form a large colony. During the growing season, young culms are produced from the growing tip of the rhizome.
It is an excellent plant for containers and is ideal for small wetland gardens.