Acorus calamus variegatus


Sweet-scented rush but with striking vertically striped foliage.


Acorus calamus variegatus grows into an elegant, architectural foliage plant with attractive tall green/white vertically striped leaves, soft citrus scent when crushed. Dies back to crown in Winter.

Top tip:  Useful plant to brighten up a shady corner of your pond.

Flowers: Insignificant

Height of plant: 50-60cm from crown.

Propagation: Grows from a woody rhizome which readily produces offsets than can be separated and planted on to form new plants.

How to plant:  Plant into a 10lt planting basket using heavy garden loam or Westland Aquatic Soil and place on a shelf in the pond.  Fill the planting basket to a depth so that the crown of the plant is level with the rim. Hold the plant securely and fill in with soil all around the roots, pressing the soil down very firmly until the planting crate is almost filled to the brim.  For aesthetic purposes, the soil can then be top dressed with no more than 1cm of pea gravel.

Recommended planting depth:  The planting depth for this plant measured from soil surface to water surface and not including any gravel dressing is 5-15cm.