Also called Flag root, it is a perennial, with long, sword-shaped leaves that resemble an iris, and can grow up to five feet long. It is found in wet soils, marshes, and around ponds and riverbanks. Gathered in the fall, it is a sacred medicine used by Mi’kmaw people.
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As a highly regarded medicine, Mi’kmaq chew or boil this root to help ease a sore throat.