Acorus calamus 'Variegatus'

Variegated Sweet Flag

Categories: Grasses , Herbaceous Perennial

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.


More About Acorus calamus 'Variegatus'

  • Needs to grow in water less than 9 inches deep or in very moist soil
  • aromatic leaves to 5 feet long.

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.


Height:

3-5 ft

Spread:

1-2 ft

Hardiness Zone:

5-8

Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' Characteristics

Attributes

  • Specimen
  • Bog
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Edging

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant

Exposure

  • Sun Tolerant
  • Does best in full sun
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • All Season

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Moist

Flower Color

  • inconspicuous

Habit

  • Upright