Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' - Variegated Sweet Flag - Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Variegated Sweet Flag

Acorus calamus 'Variegatus'

Also called Striped Sweet Flag

  • Forms an upright, vase-shaped clump of iris-like green and white variegated leaves
  • Adds a nice feature to the semi-aquatic garden
  • Foliage and rhizomes emit a spicy scent when crushed or bruised
  • Bloom Time: Flowers are not showy



50-60 cm

45-60 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Grows best in a consistently moist to wet soil, in full sun or light shade. If the soil dries out, the tips of the leaves will scorch. Acorus spreads by rhizomes and can form a large colony. It can be planted in a container, in or at a pond's edge, to help prevent spreading.

Additional Notes about Variegated Sweet Flag:

Acorus is not a true grass, and will produce tiny red berries.