Acorus calamus 'Variegatus'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Common Name: Grass-Ornamental|
Common Name (Alternative): Variegated Sweet Flag
Long, up to 1 inch wide leaves stand tall to display their striking variegation of bright green and creamy yellow. When crushed, they emit a delicious tangerine scent. This grass is simply stunning and is sure to catch your eye. It is especially beautiful when backlit by the early morning or late afternoon sun.
Sweet Flag gets its name from the sweetly scented essential oil, calamus, which is present in all parts of the plant. This oil has long been used in perfumes and potpourri. It has even been used in the production of gin and beer as a flavor smoother and enhancer.
Native to bogs, shallow ponds, and marshes, this plant will grow in shallow water. It also looks great in tubs, pots, water gardens, and along the pond's edge. This grass is not invasive. Acorus is not a true grass. It is a member of the genus Araceae, which is the arum or philodendron family.
Origin: Native Cultivar
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Average water needs
Consistent water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
Grown for its attractive foliage
How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Acorus prefers to grow in fertile, constantly moist, acidic soil. However, it will tolerate a wide range of conditions as long as moisture is constantly available. It will even grow in standing water up to 5" deep. If the soil dries out, the tips of the leaf blades will brown and be unsightly. In most parts of the country Acorus can be grown in full sun. In warmer inland areas, however, some shade should be provided. Propagate by division only.