Acorus gramineus 'Ogon', Golden sweet flag
With strappy variegated foliage Acorus gramineus 'Ogon', is commonly called 'Golden Sweet Flag'.
A native to Japan, this is a miniature perennial 'flag' growing to 10 - 12 inches. This is an aptly named plant as Ogon means gold, and in the midst of winter, as the fogs and the mists roll in Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' is an ornamental grass that adds a glow to the garden.
These are not new plants, however with the fuss in landscaping circles you could be forgiven for thinking they had just been discovered. They are in fact proven over many years, they have great foliage year round and this is what makes them a real winner as an ornamental grass.
Grown mainly for its foliage the grass like aromatic leaves are soft, curved, narrow green and gold and add good color to the garden.
The name 'Sweet Flag' comes from the fragrance from crushed or bruised foliage.
Although this is sometimes classed as a water plant or marginal, it does grow well in any moisture retentive soil.
You will find some dwarf cultivars available if you are looking for lower growing types.
- See the main Acorus section.
Propagation is by division of rhizomes from established clumps, best carried out in spring just as new growth begins.
- Cut back the old foliage to just above the new shoots.
- Dig the clump with a garden fork.
- Divide with a sharp spade or knife.
- Make sure that each section has a good root system.
- Replant and water in with a liquid seaweed fertilizer,