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Acorus calamus

Showy, decorative plant that looks somewhat like Iris but its leaves are more graceful and brighter green. Its sometimes difficult-to-notice flowers are interesting "finger-like" clubs that are borne half-way up the leaf. Sweetflag derives its name from the fact that when any part of the plant is crushed or bruised it releases a distinct, sweet fragrance. Because of this it was stewed for herbs, and potpourri in colonial times. Native Americans used it medicinally in the past as well.

Native to North America.

Habit/ Height: Vertical to 36"
Water depth: 0-6" over the soil
Light: Full to partial sun
Bloom: Summer
Flower color: Green/brown/yellow
Hardiness: Zones 4-11
Recommended container size: 7.5 qt or larger.

Shipment prohibited to: HI and PR.

Shipment restricted to: CA, MT, OR, WA, WY and UT. These states require a $10 phyto-sanitary inspection certificate for all plant shipments. It will be added to the shipping charges. Click here for scheduled ship dates for these states.

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Growing Habit Upright
Light Required Part Sun
Size Medium
Type/ Subcategory Hardy
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