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Sweetflag

Acorus americanus 24–36" tall.

Hardy herbaceous water-loving bog plant forms striking stands of broad sword-like foliage that smells sweetly of citrus and vanilla when crushed.

A spathe-less yellow-green spadix the length of a finger pokes out in early summer and eventually develops into fleshy berries containing two to three seeds. Dried roots have been traditionally used as an aromatic bitter for digestive upsets.

Spreads vigorously by rhizomes in quiet shallow waters, wet open marshes, and along the shoreline. Can also be grown in consistently moist garden soil, 12–18" apart in full sun or light shade. Not to be confused with the similar European species, A. calamus. Sustainably grown. Native across northern U.S. and southern Canada. Z3. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)



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Medicinal and Culinary Herbs

These plants have long histories of traditional culinary and medicinal uses. It’s up to you to educate yourself about the safety and efficacy of using plants for medicinal purposes. The statements in our catalog and website regarding traditional medicinal uses of plants have not been evaluated by the FDA. The plants we sell are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Plants may take a year or more to establish before they flower; roots often take several years to reach harvestable maturity.

Herbaceous Perennial Plants

When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock immediately. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. Surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. Store plants in their packaging in a cool (35–40°) location until you are ready to plant. If it’s going to be awhile, you can pot up your perennials.

Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors before danger of frost has passed. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting.

For more info:
About planting bare-root perennials.