Variegated sweet flag

Acorus calamus ‘Variegatus’

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Variegated sweet flag (Acorus calamus ‘Variegatus’)
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Genus:  Acorus
Variegated sweet flag is a deciduous, aquatic perennial with 5-foot-long bright green leaves with creamy, longitudinal stripes. Its flowers are insignificant, but its leaves are aromatic and resemble the foliage of an iris. Sweet flag makes a striking statement at the shallow end of a pool, in a bog garden, or in a marshy woodland area.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Variegated, aromatic leaves to 5 feet long. Great for a wet area.
Care:  Needs to grow in water less than 9 inches deep or in very moist soil. Full sun. Plant in containers to control spread if desired.
Propagation:  Divide every three or four years, at the beginning of the growing season. Pot up and plant once it is established.
Problems:  Rust, fungal leaf spots, wet root rot, dry root rot.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Wet
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Summer
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Waterside
Style
Water Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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