King Tut papyrus, shown here, is an award-winning and attractive papyrus cultivar.How to use it. Papyrus is commonly seen planted along ponds and aquatic gardens, owing to its natural habitat. Allow the plant to form a mass in order to create a soft and natural focal point alongside companion aquatic plants like water lilies (Nymphaea spp) or lotus (Nelumbo spp). Papyrus grows rapidly, so it is recommended that you plant it along large water features or plant it in a container and then put the container in the water. This will prevent the plant from taking over the pond and make maintenance easier.