Calamus (Acorus calamus var. americanus), packet of 100 seeds


Family:  Arum (Araceae)
Hardy to Zones 3 to 12
(Sweet Flag, Rights What’s Wrong Herb, Acorus americanus, Acorus calamus var. americanus) Perennial monocot–a water plant.  Our cultivar is a low beta asarone strain originally from the northern prairie states.  This plant was widely disseminated and naturalized into many new environs by the Native Americans, who made great use of it as  in basketry.  Traditional usage (Native American, TWM, Ayurveda): bitter and aromatic digestive, against tobacco or drug addiction, to sharpen the mind, a low-dose botanical.  After chewing a bit of calamus, water never tasted better. Plant prefers full sun to part shade and grows in or near water and sometimes grows in mucky ground that is not inundated.  We like to use calamus between ponds in waterways, as it filters and cleanses the water that runs through it.  Can be used similarly in greywater treatment areas.  Sow in pots in shade house, greenhouse, or in cold frame.   Seedlings develop into delightful little flat-leaved monocots.  Grow out in pots for a year, then transplant to water’s edge.
100 seeds/pkt., Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s

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  1. Richo Cech

    Admin Richo Cech

    Calamus seed planted in April germinated in June. Specifically, this was a 96 day induction period in warm soils.  Seed really prefers a warm/cold/warm stratification for best germination. 

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