Botanical: Acorus gramineus 'Sweet Flag'
Common: Ornamental Grass
General Characteristics: Deer Resistant, Dwarf Plant. Japanese sweet flag is used along pond margins and at the edges of water gardens. It's a great foliage plant for shallow water and marshy areas. It spreads aggressively by rhizomes and will eventually produce a seamless turf, making a beautiful ground-cover for the front of a bog garden. When walked upon, it releases a fragrance reminiscent of cinnamon. If you don't want a solid stand of Japanese sweet flag, grow it in submerged containers so it can't spread. In Japan, the smaller cultivars often are grown in shallow water in containers indoors.
Ornamental Grasses are gaining in popularity all over the U.S. due to their undemanding nature and long lasting, year round beauty. There is nothing that adds such interesting forms, textures and movement to a garden, than with this diverse plant group. They can be planted along banks of ponds, incorporated into perennial gardens, grouped together, utilized as a ground cover along walkways, paths or on steep banks. They aren't fussy about soil requirements, are drought tolerant as well as insect and disease resistant.
Tip: Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
Use: Acorus 'Sweet Flag' great for containers, edging or as a ground-cover. It is often used for water gardens, along streams or ponds or in moist open woodland gardens. Acorus is also effective in rock gardens or border fronts or as small landscape accents as long as the soil moisture requirements can be met. Excellent for erosion control along the banks of streams and ponds.