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Description for Acorus Calamus, Vekhand
The scented leaves and more strongly scented rhizomes have traditionally been used medicinally and to make fragrances, and the dried and powdered rhizome has been used as a substitute for ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Its flowers are insignificant, but its leaves are aromatic and resemble the foliage of an iris. Sweet flag makes a striking statement at the shallow end of a pool, in a bog garden, or in a marshy woodland area.
Planting and care
Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Grows well in both boggy conditions (including shallow standing water to 9â€ deep) and consistently moist garden soils.
In water gardens, plant rhizomes slightly below the soil surface in moist soils at the waterâ€™s edge or in containers set in shallow water. Rhizomes or existing clumps may also be planted in containers sunk into wet boggy areas to help prevent any possible aggressive spread.
Caring for Acorus Calamus
- Keep evenly moist-wet; prefers moisture, do not allow to dry out.
- Possible pests: aphids, occasional leaf spot, snails, and slugs.
- Needs to grow in water less than 9 inches deep or in the very moist soil.
- Plant in containers to control spread if desired.
Typical uses of Acorus Calamus
Special features: The essential oil is an insect repellent and insecticide.
Culinary use: The rhizome is candied and made into a sweetmeat. It can be peeled and washed to remove the bitterness and then eaten raw like a fruit. It can also be used as a flavoring.
The dried and powdered rhizome has a spicy flavor and is used as a substitute for ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Ornamental use: This plant is used for the ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: The root 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.
It is a folk remedy for arthritis, cancer, convulsions, diarrhea, dyspepsia, epilepsy etc. Chewing the root is said to kill the taste for tobacco.
Note: Use only after consulting the specialist.
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