Sweet Flag and Lesser Reed Mace

Discover the intriguing Sweet Flag and Lesser Reed Mace plants.

Sweet Flag, known for its unique crinkled leaves, is a rare plant in the UK. This fragrant plant, resembling tangerines, was historically a component of incense and is mentioned in the Bible as ‘calamus’. Lesser Reed Mace, often called bulrush, is also rare and notable for its versatility.

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Where to find it

Sweet Flag can be found in select natural habitats in the UK, though it’s scarce due to overharvesting for its roots and used in cosmetics. Lesser Reed Mace is often located near lakes, such as those around Ashburnham Place. Both plants thrive in wetland areas.

Sweet Flag and Lesser Reed Mace and its uses

Sweet Flag is used for its fragrant leaves and roots, adding an orangey, slightly spicy flavour to desserts. Lesser Reed Mace offers edible roots, young leaf bundles, and pollen, all used in various culinary applications.

Significance and its benefits

Sweet Flag holds historical significance, being mentioned in the Bible and used in ancient incense. Lesser Reed Mace is significant for its rarity and the diverse uses of its parts, from culinary to potentially medicinal.

Item Benefits:
The primary benefit of Sweet Flag is its unique, citrus-like fragrance and flavour, enhancing culinary dishes. Lesser Reed Mace offers nutritional and culinary diversity, with its edible parts providing various tastes and potential health benefits.

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