Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' Sweet Flag



Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' is a moisture lover with bright, wide variegated grass-like foliage that makes a bold impact in the border or water garden. Also known as Sweet Flag, this perennial plant forms mats of stiff, narrow bladed leaves with creamy white edges. Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' is deciduous, deer resistant and will naturalize in bogs or at water's edge. Tolerates up to 5" standing water.

Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' prefers full sun and moist to wet soil. It will also grow with average moisture but do not allow to dry out. Can tolerate clay soil.


  • Common Names: Sweet Flag
  • Zones: 4-10
  • Light Requirements: Part Shade to Shade
  • Soil Preference: Moist
  • Height at Maturity: 30
  • Width at Maturity: 24
  • Bloom Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Late spring
  • Foliage Color: Variegated

Special Features

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  • Tolerates: Deer. Rabbits.
  • Other Features:

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info


All orders placed now will ship in Spring 2024 unless requested otherwise.

    • Zones 9&10: Starting March 25th
    • Zone 8: Starting April 1st
    • Zone 7: Starting April 8th
    • Zone 6: Starting April 22nd
    • Zone 5: Starting May 6th
    • Zones 4-2: Starting May 13th

If you live in a warm climate and wish to receive your plants during the winter, please send us an email. Please note that we may be unable to fulfill your request if temperatures are too cold for safe transit or if the plants are dormant.

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Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

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