Acorus gramineus 'Licorice'

Dwarf Sweet Flag

Plant Type:

GRASSES & GRASS-LIKE PLANTS

Acorus gramineus ‘Licorice’ – is an entirely rich dark green form of Japanese Sweet Flag with blade-shaped grassy lances arranged in fans. When you crush or brush up against the foliage it emits a strong sweet anise scent. Larger growing than ‘Ogon’ or ‘Variegata’ it had settled very nicely and surprisingly into a section of a quite well-drained part sun grass garden where it flourished for many years until we lost it one very cold bleak winter with no snow cover. But we have it again and so may you! Acorus gramineus ‘Licorice’ can also be used to brew tea and is used in Thai cooking. But Japanese Sweet Flag has medicinal application as well; it can be used to treat depression, gastritis and may increase appetite. Site ‘Licorice’ in full to part sun planted in moisture retaining to wetter soils but is adaptable to more well-drained conditions, too. Clumping. Established Dwarf Sweet Flag via division.


Height:

8-15 In

Characteristics and Attributes for Acorus gramineus 'Licorice'

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant

Light

  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Full Sun

Attributes

  • Rock Garden
  • Massing
  • Labyrinth
  • Border
  • Natural Garden
  • Foliage
  • Edging
  • Potted Plant
  • Ground Cover
  • Marginal

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Soil

  • Adaptable
  • Moist

Origins

  • Japan

Propagated By

  • Division