Alecost - Tanacetum balsamita


  • Height: Grows to 60cm
  • Type: Hardy
  • Aspect: Sun
  • Soil: Any / Alkaline
  • Flower colour: White and yellow
  • Flowering period: From June - December

Also known as costmary this perennial herb with daisy like flowers and downy mint scented leaves is known as alecost due to its former use in the brewing industry. The leaves rubbed on the skin give relief to bee stings and insect bites. Was used in the past for the liver and gall bladder and pressed into bibles to help keep parishioners awake during long sermons.