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Costmary, Alecost
Scientific Name: Balsamita major Desf.
Synonym: Balsamita vulgaris, Tanacetum balsamita, Chrysanthemum balsamita
Family: Asteraceae
Costmary, Alecost (Balsamita  major) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones
USDA: 4-9

Sun Exposure: Sun, light shade. The Costmary needs full sun to bloom.

Origin: Southern Europe

Growth Habits: Perennial, stems up to 3 feet long (90 cm)

Watering Needs:

Propagation: Division in spring, seeds

The scented leaves are sometimes used for garnish, for herbal teas and pot-pourris. They have also been used to flavor beer.
They can be used fresh (pulled any time from the plant) or dried.

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 10. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc.

Cultural Practices:
Plant 2 feet apart (60 cm).

Blooming Habits:
Typical daisy inflorescences, sometimes without the white ray flowers, in summer.

Fruiting Habits:

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