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Our Price: $7.95
ZONE: 5 - 11
SIZE: 36"H x 18"S
BLOOM: White, Late Summer - Fall

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Costmary Plants

Tanacetum balsamita

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. Costmary 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.
Zones: 5 - 11

Size: 36"H x 18"S

Light: Full Sun

Bloom: White, Late Summer - 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.

Does Not Grow Well Indoors!

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 5 Write a review.

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5 of 5 Thriving June 18, 2019
Reviewer: Kristine Hoggatt from LAFAYETTE, IN United States  
I ordered this plant to be part of an herb garden, but currently have it in a large pot.  It arrived in perfect condition, and is growing slowly, but seems to be thriving.

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5 of 5 Another tasty herb June 18, 2019
Reviewer: grace from Houston, TX United States  
I had never heard of tried this before. It is pretty good and came healthy and came in looking great.

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3 of 5 Costmary April 25, 2018
Reviewer: MARK LUCE from FAYETTEVILLE, NC United States  
It appeared to be great but it died.  It did not winter well.

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5 of 5 Costmary in my homebrew June 9, 2014
Reviewer: M. Grant from Northern, VT United States  
I purchased four plants last spring.  They shipped quite well.  They took most of last summer to grow roots.  Survived the severely harsh winter completely unharmed, in fact when I took the dead leaf mulch off of them after the snow melted they were still green.  This year these plants are absolutely huge!  I put four plants in a 4'x3' raised bed and you can't even see the garden bed now.  The minty aroma that they put off is unbelievable and the flavor is very unique.  I make a Costmary and Lavender homebrew that has a super distinct flavor thanks to this ancient herb.

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5 of 5 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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