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(Acorus calamus)
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PROPAGATION: By rhizome division and by fresh seed. Perennial.
NEEDS: Partial shade and very wet, moist conditions.
HARVEST: Rhizomes (2 year old roots in the fall). Dry the roots.

Dried roots are used in potpourri and sachets. It is fancifully said to contain "ethereal oils" and has been used to flavor pipe tobacco and to enhance perfumes. The leaves can be harvested and dried in summer for floral arrangements.

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