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Grassy-leaved sweet flag

Acorus gramineus 'Variegatus'

ah-KOR-us gram-IN-ee-us

This aquatic perennial is semi-evergreen and showy, with grassy, striped foliage that reaches less than 1 foot tall. The species is native to East Asia. Use it in a situation where its diminutive size can be appreciated along the margins of a pool or in a bog garden.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsWhite-and-green striped grassy leaves.

CarePlant in containers and place in water (less than 4 inches deep) or very moist soil in full sun.

PropagationDivide at the beginning of the growing season every 3 or 4 years. Pot up divisions and plant out when established.

ProblemsFungal leaf spots, rust, wet and dry root rots.

  • Genus : Acorus
  • Zones : 10, 11
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Flower Color : Green
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Plant Width : Under 6 inches
  • Moisture : Wet
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