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Scientific Name: Acorus gramineus 'Liquorice'
Alternative Names: Japanese Sweet Flag, Liquorice grass.

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Acorus gramineus 'Liquorice'


  • Perennial
  • Japanese Sweet Flag or Liquorice grass.- is native to E Asia.
  • It is a semi-evergreen perennial with branched rhizomes and fans of glossy linear leaves.
  • Minute greenish flowers are borne in a spadix, in summer.
  • It is hardy and needs damp/wet soil or shallow water in a sunny position.
  • Divide large clumps every 3-4 years to maintain vigour.

Culinary Uses

  • Liquorice taste and smell.
  • Known as 'Sekisho' in Japan - rhizomes roasted or stir-fried.
  • Flavour rice with the leaves

Parts Used

  • Rhizomes and leaves

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Antibacterial tonic herb
  • Rhizomes stimulate digestive system.
  • Indigestion, flatulence, stomach cramps, chronic dysentery
  • Emetic, antispasmodic, anthelmintic
  • Asthma - clears bronchial passages
  • Strengthening effect on nervous system
  • Chinese medicine
  • Mentioned in the Old Testament
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