• Overview
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly forms foliage clumps 6 to 12 in. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Color and Texture
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:a-KO-rus grah-MIN-ee-us
    Deciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreen
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly forms foliage clumps 6 to 12 in. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Flower color:Yellow
    Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Sweetspire (Itea); Fothergilla (Fothergilla); Iris (Iris); Cardinal Flower (Lobelia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in average soils with consistent moisture, even boggy conditions and standing water. Shelter from harsh sun exposure in hot summer regions. Water regularly to maintain moisture levels; will not tolerate dry soils. For a neat appearance, remove old, faded foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
  • History & Lore
    Lore:
    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.