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Variegated striped rush Machaerina rubiginosa 'Variegata'

Previously known as:

  • Baumea rubiginosa 'Variegata'
Phonetic Spelling
mak-er-EE-nah roo-bij-ih-NO-suh
Description

Machaerina rubiginosa 'Variegata' is a water-loving perennial with sword-shaped variegated blades. They form dense clumps via rhizomes that will spread into colonies.  Provide a full sun location.  Plants grown in shady or part-shady areas may experience faded blades that may also become less erect or vertical.  Locating in an area that has predominately wet conditions in loose soil may also lead to taller growth.  It also grows in 2-gallon pot when covered with 1-6 inches of water.  

The leaves or blades are deep green and striped along one edge with yellow.  

In reference to the blades, the scientific name Machaerina comes from the Greek word 'machaira', which means 'a large knife'.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  None noted.

 

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#evergreen#sun#yellow#full sun#partial shade#perennial#water plant#perennial grass#ponds
 
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Tags:
#evergreen#sun#yellow#full sun#partial shade#perennial#water plant#perennial grass#ponds
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Machaerina
    Species:
    rubiginosa
    Family:
    Cyperaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    New Zealand
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Water Plant
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Variegated
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has cylindrical, flat, green leaves with yellow and dark green variegation.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Pond
    Landscape Theme:
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Border
    Mass Planting