ACORUS CALAMUS

ACORUS CALAMUS

FAMILY :: ARACEAE
SWEET FLAG: From Central Asia, but now distributed throughout all Northern temperate and sub-tropical zones, this hardy, water-loving plant is slightly sedative (in Ayurvedic and Thai medicine), a stimulant (in American Indian medicine and the US Pharmacopœia), is used to stimulate the gastric and salivary glands universally. In larger doses, it is considered an aphrodisiac. And at 10 times the dose used by the Cree tribe as a stimulant, it has been reported to be hallucinogenic. Popular in herbal baths and formerly used as a beer and liqueur flavoring. Contains asarones which may be carcinogenic in large doses.

ACORUS GRAMINEUS

ACORUS GRAMINEUS

FAMILY :: ARACEAE
SWEET FLAG: A low growing version (8-12″) of the previous. Used by the Akha of Thailand for stomach ache. Used in Chinese medicine to treat gastritis and depression. Grow in moist soil (or in ponds) in full sun.

COLOCASIA ESCULENTA

COLOCASIA ESCULENTA

FAMILY :: ARACEAE
TARO, ELEPHANTS EAR, DASHEEN: Easily cultivated tropical Asian herb grown for its edible tuber and young shoots which are eaten as a winter vegetable. Grow in rich, moist soil or in ponds in sun or part shade. Has large heart-shaped green leaves on long stalks.