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Acorus gramineus 'Variegatus' (Grassy-leaved sweet flag, Variegated Japanese rush)

Acorus gramineus 'Variegatus' Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Acorus gramineus 'Variegatus' ah-KOR-us gram-IN-ee-us Common Name: Grassy-leaved sweet flag, Variegated Japanese rush Genus: Acorus
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 characteristics: White-and-green striped grassy leaves.
Care: Plant in containers and place in water (less than 4 inches deep) or very moist soil in full sun.
Propagation: Divide at the beginning of the growing season every 3 or 4 years. Pot up divisions and plant out when established.
Problems: Fungal leaf spots, rust, wet and dry root rots.
Height 6 in. to 12 in.
Spread Less than 6 in.
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Wet
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Summer
Foliage Color Variegated Foliage
Flower Color Green Flower
Uses Waterside
Style Water Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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