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Calamus, more commonly known as Sweet Flag, is a semi-aquatic plant found alongside ponds and streams. Other common names in use for this plant, such as Sweet Rush and Cinnamon Sedge, refer to the sweet aroma of the dried calamus root and its use in flavoring beverages. Another nickname, German ginger, refers to the fact that the powdered calamus root is an ingredient in some European wines and aperitifs. Calamus root uses also include substitution for ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and, of course, ginger.

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  • Calamus is also known as myrtle grass, gladdon, beewort, sweet flag and by many other common names. In Europe, the sweet root is called German ginger and used to flavor wines and herbal bitters.

    Combined with other rushes, the sliced root was used as a strewing herb to mask the consequences of poor sanitation and to thatch cottages.

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