- Approximate height: Foliage: 60cm (24 inches) Flower: 100cm (39 inches)
- Recommended water depth over crown of the plant: 5 - 45cm (2 - 18 inches)
- Flowering time: June to July
- Flower colour: White
- Supplied in the 9cm pot we grow them in - for best results we recommend potting on using a 2 - 4 litre pot
Butomus umbellatus 'Schneeweisschen' is a variety of the British native flowering rush, Butomus umbellatus, which has been selected for a differently-coloured flower. Like the wild form, it has very slender leaves and produces tall umbels of flowers in summer, but it has lighter green stems rather than the usual red, and blooms that are almost white instead of the standard pink. It needs to reach a reasonable size before flowering, so is likely to bloom in its second year rather than its first.
It makes a pleasing contrast to the Rose-Red Form of this plant if grown together; these two forms taking their names from the brothers Grimm fairy tale "Schneeweisschen und Rosenrot", or "Snow White and Rose Red", about two sisters with different colouring. For this reason you can also sometimes find this plant listed under the German spelling "Schneeweißchen", or mistakenly written as "Schneeweibchen" or "Schneeweibschen".
Butomus plants like plenty of room for their roots to spread as they grow, so we would suggest starting your plant off in a pot of at least 2 litres capacity, and larger is better. If you opt for a 2-litre pot, pot the plant on again after a year. If designing a planting scheme, we recommend approximately 2 Butomus umbellatus 'Schneeweisschen' plants per square foot of ground, or 1 plant per linear foot of pond edge. Read more here on how to pot and care for your plant.