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Products > Acorus gramineus 'Golden Lion'
 
Acorus gramineus 'Golden Lion' - Golden Lion Calamus
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Acoraceae (~ Araceae)
Origin: Europe, Northern (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: <1 foot
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Acorus gramineus 'Golden Lion' (Golden Lion Calamus) - Grass-like perennial that grows to 6-12 inches tall and spreads slowly by rhizomes with thin iris-like arching foliage with rich golden yellow colored foliage. Tiny, insignificant, yellow-green flowers bloom from spring to early summer on lateral, sedge-like flower spikes but these really are hardly noticeable.

Plant in cool coastal full to part sun to light shade in soil that is moist or regularly irrigated. In a pond the water depth should be right at the soil line or up to 2 to 4 inches above crown. It is cold hardy to USDA Zone 5 (-10F). A useful plant massed as a small-scale groundcover or as an accent container plant or to light up a dark area of the pond.

Acorus gramineus 'Golden Lion' is an all-gold selection from the yellow variegated Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' that was selected and named by Luen Miller and introduced at his Monterey Bay Nursery in 2011. The species Acorus gramineus, commonly called grassy-leaved sweet flag, is native to wetland areas of China, Japan, Korea, India, Thailand, Myanmar and the Philippines. The name for the genus was one that Theophrastus, the Greek considered to be the "father of botany", used for a plant with an aromatic rhizome. The specific epithet comes from the Latin word meaning "grass".

The genus Acorus is considered to be one of the most primitive of the monocots still in existence. Historically it was recognized as an aberrant genus within the arum family (Araceae), which includes such plants as Calla Lily and Taro, but much evidence, including the absence of a spathe common to aroids, supports its treatment as a separate family and it is now placed in its own family, the Acoraceae. We first started growing this nice little plant in 2023. 

This information about Acorus gramineus 'Golden Lion' displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.

 
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