Is a stout perennial herb that is grown in Northern India. The centre of the plant is crowned with a rosette of sword shaped leaves and these leaves yield the fibre for making rugs. Only about 5% of each leaf can be used. The leaves take up to 2 years to grow large enough and are harvested at the end of the monsoon season whilst they are soft from the rain. Kesav is also used in rope making & is ideal when dried for fine basket weaving.