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sweet flag

n.
1. A perennial herb (Acorus calamus) native to Eurasia and naturalized in North America, growing in marshy places and having grasslike leaves, minute greenish flowers borne on a thick spadix, and aromatic rhizomes used in medicine and perfumery. Also called calamus.
2. A similar plant (Acorus americanus) native to North America.

sweet flag

n
(Plants) an aroid marsh plant, Acorus calamus, having swordlike leaves, small greenish flowers, and aromatic roots. Also called: calamus
[C18: see flag2]
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Noun1.sweet flag - perennial marsh plant having swordlike leaves and aromatic rootssweet flag - perennial marsh plant having swordlike leaves and aromatic roots
Acorus, genus Acorus - sweet flags; sometimes placed in subfamily Acoraceae
calamus - the aromatic root of the sweet flag used medicinally
calamus oil - carcinogenic oil from calamus root used as a perfume
bog plant, marsh plant, swamp plant - a semiaquatic plant that grows in soft wet land; most are monocots: sedge, sphagnum, grasses, cattails, etc; possibly heath
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Instead of the white lily, which requires mud, or the common sweet flag, the blue flag (Iris versicolor) grows thinly in the pure water, rising from the stony bottom all around the shore, where it is visited by hummingbirds in June; and the color both of its bluish blades and its flowers and especially their reflections, is in singular harmony with the glaucous water.
In Sri Lanka, meanwhile, we had our own share of mind-boggling experiences, when the country plunged into total darkness in the morning hours on June 20, 1955: when birds were fooled by the impending darkness, there were reports that quite a few women resorted to drinking a juice extracted from sweet flag - wadakaha in Sinhala and vashambu in Tamil - taking the chirping as a signal for an auspicious time in the hope of becoming prettier - ending up in hospitals suffering from serious form of diarrhoea, instead.
Popular varieties for pots include compact blue fescue grass and slender sweet flag 'Ogon'.
Even certain evergreen grasses like Variegated Sweet Flag and Silver Spear look at home during the winter," she said.
The following herbs were used: flowers of marigold Calendula officinalis, flowers of chamomile Matricaria recutita, leaves of sage Salvia officinalis, bark of cinnamon Cinnamomum verum, cloves of Syzygium aromaticum buds, root of liquorice Glycyrrhiza glabra, flowers of lavender Lavandula angustifolia, leaves of oregano Origanum vulgare, fruits of dog rose Rosa canina, and rhizome of sweet flag Acorus calamus.
I love the simple flourishes the most: the gift tag cut out of thin wood into a small, sweet flag, or the clay medallion, inscribed with the monogram of the person receiving the gift and attached with string, ribbon or a wire hook.
The most common plants having potential to be used as a source of bio-pesticides include Neem (Azadirachta indica), Sweet flag (Acorus calamus), Clove (Syzygium aromaticum), Delphinium (Delphinium denudatum), Walnut, Keekar (Acaccia nilotica), Aak (Calotropis procera) and Safaiyda (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) etc.
Leaves of sweet flag, flowers of lavender, and leafy stems of pennyroyal were among the herbs commonly used for this propose.
It lists mandrake root, syrup, and sweet flag root among the ingredients - but the manufacturers say the recipe is not accurate.
Among these extracts, petroleum ether extract of sweet flag at application rates of 1000, 500 and 250 ug/g and its acetone extract at 1000 and 500 ug/g completely inhibited emergence of adults.
Marginals: Arrowhead, Cattail, Horsetail, Iris, Lobelia, Marsh Marigold, Papyrus/Umbrella Plant, Rush, Sedge, Sweet Flag, Water Canna, Water Hibiscus, Water Hyssop, and Water Parsley.
And that doesn't even count the spin-offs focusing on musicals, dance, youth theatre and cabaret, or Broun's plans to plant the Short + Sweet flag in London, Paris and New York.