An easy to grow herbaceous perennial producing masses of daisy type flowers each year. The soft downy leaves are strongly mint scented and suitable for various culinary purposes.
- Aromatic leaves
- Relief for bee stings
- Easy to grow
- Clump forming
The leaves of Alecost were said to have been pressed into the leaves of bibles where the fresh minty aroma helped keep the parishioners awake during long church sermons. It is likely it was a common cottage garden herb, perfect for a plant with such bright happy flowers.
- Height: 60-100cm
- Type: Hardy
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: White petals with orange centres
- Flowering period: June - August
Alecost is an easy herb to grow and forms a mat like clump adorned with minty leaves and in summer masses of flowering stems. It isn't too fussy about soil but would like to be in a sunny position which will encourage plenty of flowers. It can be grown in a container if you don't have the space for it to spread, but would need splitting every couple of years to keep it from becoming too pot bound.
The gentle sweet minty smell of Alecost was once used in the brewing industry before the introduction of hops. The leaves were added at the end of the process to add flavour and help preserve the beer.
It was an important herb in a medieval garden as it was used as a strewing herb because the leaves hold their scent when dried; they were used dried in posies and pot pourri.
It is also a pleasant addition to cakes, biscuits and preserves. The minty tasting tea has traditionally been taken to benefit digestion.
Herbs are usually dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays via a 24hr courier service, within 2-4 days of placing your order. Please note that at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
1 - 24 herbs - £5.60
25+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.