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Acorus g. Aureus
ENLARGE IMAGE Grass-like yellow foliage add a finishing touch to containers!
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Acorus g. Aureus

Bog-type plant for near ponds & other wet areas. Accent plant with 9+ months of beauty!
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ZONE 5,6,7
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  • Gold accent plant-A must for shade container gardening!
  • Thrives in moist, shaded spots
  • Deer proof shade perennial
  • Ideal along a shaded pathway or pavers
  • Perfect for small space shade gardening
  • Light: Part Shade-Shade, Mature Size: 6" x 6"
  • Ship Size: 3 1/2" pots
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Acorus g. Aureus Description

Made for the shade.  Tuck in between steeping stones for a bright shaded pathway! Add texture & interest to containers!

Colorful, deer-proof Yellow Sweet Flag grass inject a bright spot in the garden with tufts of arching narrow leaves. Acorus Aureus is a terrific filler plant between bolder plants in the landscape.  A shade groundcover with slowly spreading rhizomes grows 6 inches high and wide.  Foliage generally remains evergreen thoughout the season in most areas. Color brighten up to more yellow in sun and more green in shade.

Can also be grown in a bog setting, near a pond or pool. Will grow in three inches of standing water.

There is nothing more serene than drifts of Sweet Flag between shaded stepping stones in the garden or repeated throughout a shaded walkway. Ideal for damp areas of the garden. Foliage color plays an increasing role providing year round interest. The narrow leaves provide good contrast with other perennials and shrub and small plants.

Growing Tips

Acorus thrives in part-shade to shade with evening moist soil. Place in a location with morning sun and afternoon shade. Loves wet and heavy soil. Keep evenly moist and do not let dry out. In the event tips turn brown, trim with a scissors and relocate to an area where there is more moisture.

Ways to Use Acorus

Small Space.  Great for narrow or small spaces, this plant does not take up a lot of real estate. Place near shaded downspots, Use in a rain garden or near a pond.

Containers.  See our pictures how we used Acorus in combination with Heucheras where we have it spilling over the edges where it adds color and texture throughout the container. You can also use small leaf Hostas in a similar combination.  Try using low mounding Sagina subulata in your shade plant combos-remember to keep both moist! 

Beneath shrubs and perennials. Add a finishing touch to Hydrangeas with drifts of Acorus in the front. Intermingle with  a purple or red leaf Coral Bells or miniature Hostas such as Blue Mouse Ears.  Let tufts of Sweet Flag spray out of Tiarellas, Primula, Hellebores or Ferns.

Formal Gardens.  This low grower stays tidy all season long. Plant beneath a Buxus, Ilex.

Due to it's slow growing nature, try random plantings in  fast growing shade groundcovers such as Ajuga Black Scallop. The combination of black and yellow foliage really gives an area a lift.

Special Features: Cold Hardy, Deer Resistant, Disease Resistant, Fast Growing, Foliage Interest, Moisture Tolerant, Pest Resistant

Quick Facts

  • Botanical Name:
    Acorus gramineus 'Minimus Aureus'
  • Common Name:
    Dwarf Golden Sweet Flag
  • Zone:
  • Sun Exposure:
    Part Shade-Shade
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship Form:
    3 1/2" pots
  • Soil Type:
    Moist, Average
  • Soil Moisture:
  • Height x Width:
    6" X 6"
  • Flower Color:
  • Foliage Color:
  • Bloom Season:
  • Uses:
    Container Gardening, Edging, Ground Cover, Rock Garden, Small Spaces, Under Planting
  • Cannot Ship to:
    AK, CAN, HI, PR
  • Patent #:None



Soil: Easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil. Prefers moist, rich soils.
Light: Part shade to shade.
Water: Medium to wet -- roots can take constant moisture.
Spacing: 6 inches.
Fertilizing: Acorus may not require annual fertilization if the soil is rich. Spring is the best time to fertilize the plants if necessary. Apply a light application of balanced timed release fertilizer, and rinse the leaves thoroughly after applying to prevent leaf burn.
Winterizing: No special requirements.
Maintenance & Pruning: Will tolerate an occasional mowing or clipping.Can be divided in spring.