Acorus calamus

Acorus calamus
Acorus calamus
Acorus calamus

Common names: sweet flag (English). 
Botanical name: Acorus calamus

Acorus calamus, also known as sweet-flag, is an aquatic plant with a pungent smell that has been used for its medicinal properties since ancient times. It is well-known for its traditional uses as a digestive and carminative, and it has been used to treat indigestion, flatulence, and diarrhea. The plant is also believed to have other health benefits, such as relieving chronic dysentery and asthma, and strengthening the nervous system. In addition to its medicinal uses, Acorus calamus is easy to grow in wet environments and has been cultivated in South Africa since early colonial times.

Uses & Benefits: food, medicine, ponds & ecopools, wetlands

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Family: Acoraceae
Type: aquatic, geophyte
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Use as Medicine


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