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Acorus calamus 'Variegatus'
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Plant Type: Grasses, Perennials

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 back lit by the early morning or late afternoon sun.  Sweet Flag gets its name from the sweetly scented essential oil, calamus, which is present in all parts of the plant.  Native to bogs, shallow ponds, and marshes, this plant will grow in shallow water. It also looks great in tubs, pots, water gardens, and along the pond’s edge. This grass is not invasive. Acorus is not a true grass.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Moist, Bog-like conditions.

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Bright green/Creamy yellow

Plant Spread


Good Companions

Astilbe-Hybrid {Astilbe} Forget-Me-Not {Myosotis sylvatica} Hosta {Hosta} Ligularia-Bigleaf {Ligularia dentata} Phlox-Tall Garden {Phlox paniculata} Rose Mallow {Hibiscus}

Plant Height

24" - 48"

Scape Height


Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture


Characteristics & Attributes


Border, Specimen, Container, Bog plant, Mass Plant

Bloom Time

Grown for its attractive foliage and scent when crushed.

Critter Resistance



Full sun to part shade. Moist soil.

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests