Considered by many to be a sacred plant. Aromatic vanilla-scented leaves are long and satiny and have many uses, including incense, and flavoring for teas, candies and other foods. Naturally occurs in wetlands and grasslands. Full sun to part sun (at least 6 hours), and requires a moist, rich location; slow to spread by rhizome, and forms a patch. Best to give this plant room to spread, it can be somewhat aggressive.
Attracts birds and butterflies.
Traditionally burned in ceremonies by indigenous cultures to attract good spirits, and promote happiness, and harmony.
It also can be harvested and braided.