Evergreen – Never Sheds All of Its Foliage.
Full Sun – Prefers 6 or more hours of sun per day.
Frost Hardy – Can Handle frost without damage.
Low Watering – Requires Little Water.
Low Maintenance – Requires little maintenance.
Small heads of yellow blooms, if grown in full sun, the flowers may also have an outer row of white petals.
Oval serrated leaves that have a eucalyptus fragrance.
It thrives in nearly any type of poor, dry soil, including clay and sand.
Tea made from costmary relieves coughs and colds, stomach upsets and fevers. Add cloves and honey, "Sweet Mary Tea" for flu, bronchitis, indigestion and cramps, and all sorts of other ailments.
|Interesting planting ideas||
Plant alongside beans, pumpkins, radishes and nasturtiums. Break sprigs and step on them in the vegetable garden. It will scent the air and chase whitefly, aphids and even voracious beetles.
Costmary is an ancient herb. In the Middle Ages, it came into its own as a flavouring for ale otherwise known as alecost and as a strewing herb on which people walked to refresh and cleanse the room. It was also known as Bible leaf, as leaves were pressed between the pages of the Bible to keep moths and fish moths away, and to scent the pages of the Bible with that minty fragrance that helped to keep the congregation awake during sermons!
|Pests and diseases||
Diseases may include leaf spot, rust, wilt and powdery mildew. Pest may include aphids and spider mites.
Leaves can be picked at any time.
Oval serrated leaves that have a eucalyptus fragrance. Small heads of yellow blooms, if grown in full sun, the flowers may also have an outer row of white petals. Tea made from costmary relieves coughs and colds, stomach upsets and fevers.
Family: – Asteraceae (daisies)
Synonym: – Tanacetum balsamita
Chrysanthemum balsamita requirements and features
Requires moderate maintenance.