Acorus gramineus Variegatus

Sweet Flag

$14.95 ea. (3+ discount) $14.50 ea.

Fall 2022

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Plant Code: ACVA

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A problem solving, attractive grass-like groundcover for soggy sites, rain gardens, even standing water. Not an invasive Sweetflag like its cousin. Tossled tufts of narrow sweetly scented blades are striped with buttery white and green. Evergreen in the south; useful in all parts for erosion control especially along streams and banks. a.k.a. Acorus Calamus.

Tiny berries form on sedge-like stalks in early summer. Foliage is sweetly fragrant when crushed.


Type: Perennials, Grasses, Groundcovers
Height: Short 6-12"
Spacing: Plant 12" apart
Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Half Sun / Half Shade
Zones: 5-8   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Acidic, Clay, Sandy
Flower: Green
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • For a Slope or Bank
  • Deer Resistant
  • Edgers
  • Groundcovers
  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Wet Site Tolerant

Acorus General Information

Sweetflag grows well in both boggy and moist garden soils. Naturalizes politely by spreading rhizomes. Native to Japan-neat clumping habit with grass-like foliage. Ornamental Grasses are restricted from Idaho and Oregon. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Acorus Plant Care

For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring. Plant divisions in pots until well-rooted, then transplant to a permanent location. Requires moist, acidic soil. An excellent choice for the rain garden, stream or pond margins, bogs or moist woodland gardens.