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Calamus root

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Sweet flag

Araceae Acorus calamus L.

The plant is a hardy, herbaceous perennial, adapted to moist soil. The root is pungent and aromatic. In south Asia it is valued chiefly as a drug, but is sometimes used for flavoring beer, cordials and other drinks, or is coated with sugar as candy. Only the roots are used. There are no data on production in the U.S.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch