Unusual horizontally striped rush that may take a year or two to bulk up and the plant will grow to fill the container. Stems dry to khaki brown in the Winter, with new shoots growing from the root-shoot junction. Cut back the dead stems in March/April.
Top tip: Stems lose their stripes as the plant ages, so divide regularly to encourage new growth and ensure maximum effect.
Flowers: insignificant May-June.
Height of plant: 40-80cm from crown
Propagation: The best time to divide is as soon as young shoots appear in March/April.
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 root-shoot junction 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 5-15cm.