This small plant is grass-like and grown for its variegated foliage. It forms small, upright clumps with cream-to-yellow stripes down its blades. The clumps slowly spread outward. It works well in water gardens and as garden borders in wet areas.
It is low maintenance, and foliage should be cleaned out in late winter. It prefers moist to boggy soils but cannot tolerate dry soils. It prefers full sun to part shade and does well with some afternoon shade. It does not have any serious pest or disease problems.