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Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' (Variegated Sweet Flag)

Variegated Sweet Flag, Silver-Striped Sweet Flag, Grassy-Leaved Sweet Flag, Acorus calamus 'Argenteostriatus'


Ideal for wet areas, Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' (Variegated Sweet Flag) is an attractive herbaceous perennial forming a tuft of gracefully arching, narrow, sword-shaped leaves adorned with creamy-white and green stripes. Often displaying a nice pink tinge in cold weather, the foliage is sweetly fragrant when bruised. In late spring, this plant bears inconspicuous yellow-green flowers, which give way to tiny, reddish berries. A great choice for naturalizing, Variegated Sweet Flag is quite versatile in the garden and makes a terrific foliage accent in water gardens and around ponds.

  • Grows easily about 24-30 in. tall (60-75 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm). This plant will slowly spread over time by rhizomes to form a dense ground cover. It is not considered invasive.
  • Enjoys full sun to part shade and thrives in medium to wet soils. Do not let the soil dry out. Afternoon shade is appreciated in hot summer climates.
  • This is a graceful plant for beds, borders, near ponds and streams and as a ground cover. Excellent choice to brighten shady areas.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is generally disease and pest free.
  • Propagate by rhizome division at the beginning of the growing season. Pot up and plant out only when fully established.
  • Native to Europe.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 10
Heat Zones 2 – 11
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Acorus - Sweet Flags
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Ponds and Streams, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 10
Heat Zones 2 – 11
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Acorus - Sweet Flags
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Ponds and Streams, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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