One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Old World waterside plant of the arum family, with leaves that resemble those of the iris. It is used medicinally and as a flavouring.
Acorus calamus, family AraceaeAlso called calamus
- ‘‘In sweet flag roots, longitudinally oriented air channels are formed which reach very close to the tip.’
- ‘The cattails, sweet flag, rush, or cornhusks used for flag-bottomed chairs also served for making mats.’
- ‘In eastern Massachusetts they call the spikes of fruit of the sweet flag critch-crotches, probably from the zigzag lines which mark the divisions between each member of the spike and its neighbors.’
- ‘Flag iris and sweet flag are two delightful perennial plants which, although they don't come from the same family, enjoy similar growing conditions.’
- ‘For brightness, McNatt brought in golden Japanese sweet flag (Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’), the grass at the border's edge, as well as lime-green zonal geraniums in pots.’
- ‘7 John Ordway also mentions the cherries; he adds that William Bratton came across a large quantity of a plant they called sweet flag.’
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