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    Costmary
    HER-COST01


     
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    ZONE: 4-9
    EXPOSURE: Full Sun to Part Shade
    SIZE: 36"H x 18"S
    BLOOM: White, Late Summer - Fall
    POT SIZE: 3.5" Pot

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    Description Briscoe's Tips
     
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    Costmary, commonly known as 'Bible Leaf', is among the "old fashioned" herb plants which gardeners are beginning to rediscover in their herb gardening efforts. In the Victorian era, nearly every kitchen gardener grew this sweetly-scented plant. The plants can grow up to four feet tall and have aromatic gray-green leaves that have scalloped margins.

    Also a delightful culinary herb, fresh leaves, if picked before flowering, can be used in salads, sauces, soups and in cold drinks. (Use sparingly, as a little goes a long way.) Costmary spreads similarly to Mint but is actually a close cousin to Tansy. Though sweeter and more aromatic than Tansy, when clipped, Costmary makes an attractive, fragrant hedge in the herb garden or perennial border.  The sweet-smelling leaves may be used for tea or in herb pillows, and were once used as bookmarks in Bibles to scent the pages and keep pests out, thus the common name, "Bible Leaf".

    Costmary also has some medicinal applications due to its astringent and antiseptic elements. A poultice of leaves can be applied to cuts and grazes, bee stings, and swellings. It has many healing properties and is an extremely useful plant to have. But, above all, the lovely fragrance has been enjoyed and used for many hundreds of years, with the belief that it kept sickness and misfortune away.
    Features
    Zones: Perennial in zones 4-9

    Size: 36"H x 18"S

    Light: Full to partial sun

    Bloom: White, blooms in late Summer through Fall

    Uses: Used to make teas and spice ales, Costmary leaves can also be added to salads and as a garnish to cold drinks. Because it is highly fragrant and remains sweet-smelling after drying, Costmary is a great ingredient in herb pillows and potpourris. Medically, Costmary has astringent and antiseptic properties and has been used in poultices to heal wounds for ages.

    Tips: If grown in partial to full shade, Costmary will continue to grow but will not flower. Choose a sunny spot if you want to reap the benefits of this aromatic herb. Plant Costmary near outdoor dog pens or around your home, as it keeps fleas away.


    Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 1 Write a review.

      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
     
    Long Search May 13, 2013
    Reviewer: Brent Higinbotham from Chelmsford, MA United States  
    Had one years ago, but unable to find another 'til now. It's a great plant with big, beautiful leaves, and a minty scent. I keep finding these indestructable leaves in my older books, when I used it as "Bible Leaf" bookmarks. Also known as Alecost.
    Arrived in perfect shape.

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