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Tanacetum balsamita

Alecost

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Key information

Plant type

Herb

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers, Aromatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Thomas Alamy, copyright GAP Photos (293684)

Plant details

Alecost, or costmary as it is sometimes known, is a mat-forming, woody-based perennial that spreads by rhizomes. It produces lovely long, oblong leaves with silvery hairs. In late summer and early autumn, it produces numerous white, yellow-centred, daisy-like flowers. However, this plant is normally grown for its balsam-scented foliage, making it an attractive addition to any herb garden. Divide the plant in the spring or autumn.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Tanacetum

Species: balsamita

Plant type: Herb

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Flowering period: September to October


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