Common Name: Flowering rush
Skill Level: Experienced
Exposure: Full sun
Soil type: Moist, Boggy
Time to plant seeds: June to August
Time to divide plants: March to May
Flowering period: July to September
This handsome marginal plant from Asia is a splendid sight at the water's edge when grown in groups of 6-10 plants. It is sometimes known as the water gladiolus because of the attractive bi-coloured flowers, 2.5cm (1in) across and gathered in a distinctive umbel at the top of stems which are taller than the long, narrow leaves. It is happiest right at the edge of the pond where it can dip its toes in shallow water. The rhizomes, used in its native region for making flour, spread vigorously and plants should be divided regularly or flowering may decline. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Looks good with:Thalia dealbata
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