Acorus gramineus ‘Licorice’

Names

Names

Scientific: Acorus gramineus ‘Licorice

English: Grass-leaved Sweet Rush

Portuguese: Acorus

Origins

Origins

Family: Araceae (Acoraceae in APGIII)

Origin: East Asia

Life Cycle: Perennial

Properties

Properties

Aroma
Medicinal
Edibility

Parts Used

Parts Used

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Scientific NameAcorus gramineus ‘Licorice’
English NameGrass-leaved Sweet Rush, Dwarf sedge, Japanese rush
Portuguese NameAcorus
German NameSchmalblättriger Kalmus
FamilyAraceae (Acoraceae in APGIII)
OriginEast Asia
HabitatHumid, near streams and ponds
Life CyclePerennial
Preferences CultivationWet soil, sun exposure, aquatic plant (aquariums and ponds shallow) but also from that land in moist soil. Method of propagation: sowing - the seeds ripen from June to August. Please put in a pot with about 3 cm of water. It is recommended that the divisions are made a bit before starting to grow, can be divided at any time of the year and placed directly in their permanent locations. 
Method of propagationDivision by basal and stem cuttings , propagation by cuttings .
Ornamental CharacteristicsFlowering in June and July. h: 0.1 m to 0.5 m, ᴓ 0.3 m
Description of smells and flavorsScent: licorice
Properties MedicinalThe main applications are analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, parasiticide, sedative, stimulant, tonic and vermifuge. The root is antifungal, antibacterial, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, cardiac, diaphoretic, carminative (flatulence comabate), antipyretic, sedative, stimulant, digestive, diuretic, tóniceo and dewormer. It is also used for bleeding gums, digestive problems, cough, asthmatic bronchitis, expectorant, neurasthenia (mental and physical weakness), depression and epilepsy. Externally, this skin disease and haemorrhoids. The essential oil in the existing root helps to lower blood pressure and is antibacterial.
Properties EdibilityFresh rhizomes or boiled, can be milled, after removal of the epidermis and soaked for several days in various waters. The root is a substitute ginger.
Properties OtherAttracts pollinating insects in summer and some species of birds. Repel moths.
Contraindications / Side Effects / CommentsContraindications : This species belongs to a family of toxic plants , so you must be careful with the intake of fresh material and underground organs . The plant can be harvested at any time of the year , except when it is in bloom. Caution in the use of essential oil.
Pests and diseases & how to fight themUnknown
How and When to harvest and / or pruning and which parts used. How many cuts per year?Harvest from spring to autumn, the root can be harvested at any time of the year except when the plant is in bloom. Separation of rhizomes in spring. Part used: Root - raw, cooked and powdered
Can be used in intercropping ( repellent / attractive ) or is biopesticide?The dried root is insecticide, is used in Vietnam to kill lice, fleas and insects.
Curiosity / Personal ExperiencesIn Japan, this plant symbolizes the courage of the samurai, because the leaves resemble the sword fighting (katana) Warriors used for seven centuries. The first time I mentioned the species as medicinal in China was during the song "Song Dynasty", between the century. XI and XII.

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