Demonstration Wetlands Garden Project

Water Mill Museum, Old Mill Road, Water Mill, New York

Sweet Flag   Acorus calamus   (Acorus americanus)

This plant, which contains a sweet fragrant oil, was once harvested for use in candies and  perfumes and for medicinal purposes. Its narrow sword-like leaves can reach heights of five to six feet.  The plant bears distinct finger-like miniature flower clusters that arch out from the leaf stalks.  Its fleshy rhizome roots form dense mats that hold the soil and help with land building.

image credits: Dennis W. Woodland, Wisconsin State Herborium,


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