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Acoris Calamus Americanus American Sweet Flag Seeds
Packet of 50+ freshly harvested seeds!
There are a couple plants that share the name Acoris Calamus.
The first is a diploid form(that’s this fella), there is also an infertile triploid form(no seeds), and a tetraploid. The triploid form, the one most often sold dried and the internet tells me it is a hybrid form from India.
They all contain interesting chemical components with everything except this variety being potentially poisonous and carcenogenic, especially in high doses.
All forms are most commonly called Calamus or Sweet Flag, but other common names include beewort, bitter pepper root, calamus root, flag root, gladdon, myrtle flag, myrtle grass, myrtle root, myrtle sedge, pine root, rat root, sea sedge, sweet cane, sweet cinnamon, sweet grass, sweet myrtle, sweet root, sweet rush, sweet sedge, shoubu, vasa bach, vekhand, vashambu, vasa, baje, vacha, bacch, bajai, gora-bach, vayambu, bhutanashini, jatila, and bojho in Nepal.
Lots of names as there are lots of traditional uses, in lots of different places all around the world.
In Ayurveda it is highly valued as a rejuvenator for the brain and nervous system and as a remedy for digestive disorders.
The root is anodyne, aphrodisiac, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hypotensive, sedative, stimulant(the leaf), stomachic, mildly tonic and vermifuge.
It is used internally in the treatment of digestive complaints, bronchitis, sinusitis etc. It is said to have wonderfully tonic powers of stimulating and normalizing the appetite. In small doses it reduces stomach acidity whilst larger doses increase stomach secretions and it is, therefore, recommended in the treatment of anorexia nervosa.
However if the dose is too large it will cause nausea and vomiting.
Sweet flag is also used externally to treat skin eruptions, rheumatic pains and neuralgia. An infusion of the root can bring about an abortion whilst chewing the root alleviates toothache.
It is a folk remedy for arthritis, cancer, convulsions, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, epilepsy and apparently chewing large amounts of the rootstock of this plant can cause visual hallucinations…
Super easy to grow but very very slow to get started, especially when it is cold.
What I do is using kiddies ponds, I place pots full of nice loose soil in them so the water comes up halfway up the sides of the pot. You need really soggy soil and constant water.
You can use a bucket or an icecream container the same way, but you will have to change the water every now and then as the water can sour if is not a large enough volume or there is a high amount of organic matter or fertilisers in it.
Anyway, large pot(or a few small ones) of nice loose sandy soil sitting in water a couple inches deep, flatten down the soil surface, then sprinkle seeds ontop, then rough up the first 5-10mm of soil to mix the seeds evenly into just the surface, then water in with a watering can.
If you have floating waterplants like Wolffia, Azolla or Lemna chucking a little of that on top helps maintain water in the surface of the soil.
What you do next is wish them well, walk away, and promptly forget about them. Well that’s what I do.
Several months later you should see little shoots like in the picture. When each V has turned into a W and has three or more leaves they are ready to divide.
It is a slow long term project, in the past it took anywhere from a fortnight to 5months, but once you have a few established they can be easily propagated by pieces of root as well.
Great plant for swampy areas, next to a tap or water tank, in fish ponds and water features.
Provides habitat for frogs, spawning ground for fish and holds the soil together slowing erosion.
The leaves can be cut and harvested for weaving or making smudge sticks, they release a cool aroma when crushed or walked on, and look really cool.
There you have it, another useful ethnobotanical semi-aquatic plants.
Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!