Acorus gramineus

Botanical Name : Acorus gramineus
Family: Acoraceae
Genus: Acorus
Species: A. gramineus
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Acorales

Common Names : Dwarf sedge, Japanese rush, Japanese sweet flag,Rock Sweet Flag

Habitat :Acorus gramineus is  native to Japan in eastern Asia, where it usually occurs in wetlands and shallow water.

Description :
This shrubby plant’s long, narrow, slightly curved leaves may grow to 30 cm (12 inches) in height. It can grow fully or partially submerged, or in very moist soil, but it will usually only flower when at least partially submerged.

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Var. pusillus has slightly shorter, more rigid glossy green leaves, while var. variegatus has longer leaves streaked with yellow.

Cultivation:
Acorus gramineus spreads aggressively by rhizome, creating a nearly-seamless groundcover where conditions are favorable, and it is frequently used around the edges of ponds and water gardens, as well as submerged in freshwater aquaria. It can be propagated by dividing the fleshy underwater rhizome and planting the base in shallow water until the cutting strengthens

Medicinal Uses:
An important herb in Chinese medicine for poor appetite, gastritis, excess mucus, and depression. Considered to be a warming herb and therefore not given to patients with a tendency to perspire excessively.  Stimulates the digestive system, clears the bronchial passages, relieves indigestion, and has mild sedative effects.  The root is powdered and applied to bleeding gums. It is also used internally in the treatment of depression and epilepsy.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acorus_gramineus
http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_RST.htm

http://www.pacificwest-perennials.com/public/products.whatsnew.grasses.shtml

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