Butomus umbellatus


Flowering Rush

Narrow leaves red in spring turning later to dark green with umbrellas of rose pink flowers.


Flowering rush that has tall, spiky, green leaves and elegant flower stems topped with umbrellas of pink petals. Dies back completely in the Winter until rushy leaves reappear in May. Supplied bare-rooted.

Top tip: Butomus hates being confined in a small basket and flowers best in deeper water.

Flowers: June/July with each plant producing one flower stem topped with parasol of small flowers.

Height of plant: 30-50cm from crown

Propagation: Grows from a woody rhizome readily divides and produces tiny side shoots.

How to plant:  Plant into a 5lt planting basket using heavy garden loam or Westland Aquatic Soil and place on a shelf in the pond.  Fill the planting basket to a depth so that the top of the rhizome at the base of the plant is level with the rim. Hold the plant securely and fill in with soil all around the roots, pressing the soil down very firmly until the planting crate is almost filled to the brim.  For aesthetic purposes, the soil can then be top dressed with no more than 1cm of pea gravel.

Recommended planting depth:  The planting depth for this plant measured from soil surface to water surface and not including any gravel dressing is  20-40cm.