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A Dwarf Sweet Flag

Common names for this semi-aquatic plant are Dwarf Sedge, Japanese Rush, and Japanese Sweet Flag. The genus Acorus includes some species which are entheogens, but if there are any of these compounds in the pictured plant they are so minute that it would take an awful lot of the plant to produce them. Entheogenic plants such as Acorus Calumus are popularly called plants of the gods, as they are believed to serve as bridges between the physical and spiritual. It is illegal to sell food containing parts of Acorus Calumus in the United States. My Acorus gramineus " Licorice" ’ on the other hand, is used medicinally, to make tea, and to flavor rice. The leaves are aromatic and give off a lovely licorice scent when you brush against them. This plant is a joy to grow because it is hard to overwater, and because it looks so pretty with its dark green grass-like leaves and smells so nice in an enclosed space.

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Feisty56 wrote on October 12, 2014, 9:36 AM

I'm sure there is much I don't know about these plants, so could you explain why food that contains any of that one species of plant is illegal in the U.S.?

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 12, 2014, 11:50 AM

It is pretty and it is good to know it is hardy enough to grow indoors and look pretty.

BarbRad wrote on October 12, 2014, 1:30 PM

I've never heard of this one, and don't know if I've ever seen it. It looks like a lot of other plants. I guess you would identify it by its scent?

Kasman wrote on October 12, 2014, 2:07 PM

I most certainly don't have 'green fingers' so maybe this plant would suit my garden! :)

Ellis wrote on October 12, 2014, 3:51 PM

This plant may just survive being within a hundred yards of me....I could over-water seaweed...

JanetJenson wrote on October 12, 2014, 6:17 PM

You sound like a good candidate for hydroponic gardening. It takes a special talent to overwater plants that grow in water, although one does have to change the water once in a while.

JanetJenson wrote on October 12, 2014, 6:18 PM

ellis and kasman Yes, this is a plant for people to don't want to be bothered, like me.

JanetJenson wrote on October 12, 2014, 6:19 PM

Yep, the lovely scent is unmistakable in this grassy looking plant

JanetJenson wrote on October 12, 2014, 6:29 PM

barbrad and LeaPea2417 and Feisty56 -- The FDA says that the calamus is "possibly" carcinogenic but I tend to think their decision was colored by the possibility that it is a stimulant. It is not illegal to grow any of these plants, just to use them as food additives in food that is for sale in the US>

Ruby3881 wrote on October 18, 2014, 6:55 PM

Oh, that sounds lovely! I adore anything licorice, but I'd never heard of any licorice scented plants (outside of fennel, anise, etc.) I will have to look this one up :)

Ruby3881 wrote on October 18, 2014, 6:59 PM

Ann, does sedge grow well in amongst tree roots in a place with not much sun?

JanetJenson wrote on October 19, 2014, 9:04 PM

I think so, as it is described as tolerant of light shade and/or partial sun ruby3881 but I have only grown it under lights myself and only in standing water. It surely would look pretty amongst tree roots! I adore the smell!