spongy texture, from one-half inch to an inch in thickness that
sometimes attains a length of several feet Calamus grows in marshy or
wet habitats, primarily in the Prairie Bioregion. The dried root
(rhizome or rootstock) has long been used in medicine and as an
ingredient of certain flavors, liqueurs and perfumes. The rhizome
contains a volatile oil, which can be obtained by
and that has
shayana general a peculiar,
but pleasant, rather sweet odor and flavor. The
rhizomes are collected in the spring or late fall, and are washed, dried
artificially at moderate heat and freed of fibrous rootlets.
rootlets can be removed before drying, but are usually removed
after drying because they become brittle and are more easily
dislodged. The "stripped" roots are more aromatic than those which
have been peeled.
The dry, unpeeled footstocks are known to have both carminative
(prevents the formation or causes the expulsion of gas or air in the
intestinal tract) and anthelmintic (destroys Kopen
or expels intestinal worms)
Calamus was prized by the Native Americans of the prairies for its
medicinal, ritualistic and dietary uses. The Pawnee name for the plant is
"kahtsha itu," which means "medicine lying in the water." The
Osage know calamus as "peze boao'ka," or "flat herb." To the Lakota
Sioux, the plant is "sinkpe tawote," which translates as "muskrat
food." They also refer to the root as "sunkace," or "dog penis,"
probably because of the shape of the flower stalk.
The Osage chew the root for its distinctive flavor, while the Lakota
Sioux eat the leaves, stalks and roots (the plant's young, tender leaves
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are a welcome addition to tossed green salads). The Omaha ingest boiled
roots, often for medicinal reasons.
Calamus grows in the wild in water, but can be cultivated in
practically any good, fairly moist soil. It usually fares well in moderately
dry soils which would sustain crops of com or potatoes. The plants can
be readily propagated from divisions of old roots. They should be set out
early in the fall, planted one foot apart in rows and adequately covered.
During the growing season, the plants require frequent and thorough
In the fall, the roots are harvested. A spade or plow may be used.
The tops, along with about an inch of the rootstock, are cut off and used
for new plantings.
Calamus can be grown from seeds, which are commercially
available in many parts of the world. Burma and Sri Lanka are two
countries where the plant
is widely cultivated.
Seeds are available from a
number of sources in North America, including: Prairie Moon Nursery
Route 3, Box 163 Winona, MN 55987 (507) 452-1362
(Legendary Ethnobotanical Resources)
PO Box 1676
Coconut Grove, FL 33233
(305) 649-9997, is a source for calamus roots.
Uncle Fester has done it again! The underground mastermind
(Big Bud x Skunk #1) 23.25 oz. Cured, VERY well manicured. Also made 2 lb of butter, that turned out way too
strong) and 10 grams of hash. There were 8 1/2 plants grown from clone(one was a complete runt, I don't
know why I even let her live). Plants were vegged in an aeroponic/NFT system for 3 weeks under a 1000MH with
an AgroSun bulb. They were about 18-20 inches tall when switched. Each plant was topped twice. Flowering was
in an NFT system. The first 2 weeks a single 1000MH w/ AgroSun was used. A second identical light was added
at the third week. Flowering took about 70 days. These were the most crystallized plants of this variety that
I've ever grown. Slow cured over 1 1/2 months. First on newspaper, then into paper bags, then into mason jars.
Smell is incredible. High is incredible. Normally I find BB a little less potent that I'd like. This crop just floors
me. High starts out mellow, upbeat, then when you start the second round of bong hits it just hits you like a
wave. Immediate couch melt. Cancel your plans, you're not going anywhere. But it lets your mind stay
somewhat sharp, which is the best thing about it. Overall I was pretty pleased with this harvest. I had a couple
of problems in the early weeks of flowering with mites, and then nearer the end the cold started to set in a bit.
So considering that I was pleased with the yield. Although it did suffer the typical Big Bud problem of slightly
looser buds. I had one plant that was a monster! A good 8 inches taller than all the other plants, I ended up
having to tie her down. 4 huge colas each around 4x11. That plant probably yielded almost 4 ounces alone -
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