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Tanacetum balsamita (Alecost) Herb Plant

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Alecost (Tanacetum balsamita) Herb in 1 Litre Pot

Alecost , Costmary or Tanacetum balsamita, is a decorative and pungent hardy-perennial that was once important medicinally and would have features in every cottage garden but is now seldom used. Alecost can grow to a height of  60-90 cm in dry sunny site. Alecost has Grey-green leaves with a strong mint and balsam scent and is mat forming. Flourishes in a medium soil in a sunny position. Alecost has clusters of white flowers with bright yellow centres in late summer which are attractive to bees and butterflies as it is a good source of nectar, so is a welcome addition in the herbaceous border as well as the herb garden. 

Herb Usage 

Alecost as the name suggests was sometimes used instead of hops in beer- making and you could still use as a substitute. young leaves can be chopped and used in salads but beware it is a pungent taste. Alecost was used medicinally to relieve catarrh. Can also be used in Pot pourri.

Warning: Alecost should not be eaten any time during pregnancy

Buy Alecost Online

Our potted Alecost Herb Plants are generally available to buy online between March and September




Other Details

Full sun
Soil Type:
Free draining soil
Flower Colour:
Latin Name:
Tanacetum balsamita
RHS rating H6 - Hardy - very cold winter

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