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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