• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Foliage clumps reach 10 in. tall, 4 to 6 in. wide, slowly spreading wider.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Color and Texture
    Blooms:
    Insignificant; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:a-KO-rus grah-MIN-ee-us
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:3 - 10, 14 - 24, 26 - 34, 36, 37
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Foliage clumps reach 10 in. tall, 4 to 6 in. wide, slowly spreading wider.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Insignificant; prized for foliage.
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
    Design IdeasPair with other water loving perennials and shrubs along ponds, streams and wet woodland areas. Will brighten a shady area of your garden or add texture and color to borders and edges. Golden yellow color will dress up a container planting as long as the soil is kept moist. .
    Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Clethra (Clethra); Fothergilla (Fothergilla); Iris (Iris); Sweetspire (Itea); Cardinal Flower (Lobelia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in average soils with consistent moisture; tolerates boggy, standing water but not dry soils. Provide some shelter from harsh sun exposure in hot summer regions. Water regularly to maintain moisture levels. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The name 'Acorus' is derived from the Greek word 'Acoron' meaning pupil. The terms was used by ancient Greek Physician Pedanius Dioscorides who began its use as an herbal remedy for inflammation of the eye. Acorus gramineus is native to Japan and Eastern Asia.