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Tanacetum balsamita

Costmary
Asteraceae (Compositae)
Herbs, Perennials

TANACETUM

Most species have finely divided leaves (often aromatic) and clusters of daisylike flowerheads. Some have gray to nearly white foliage.

Tanacetum balsamita

Native Europe to central Asia. This weedy, rhizomatous plant is grown for its sweet-scented foliage (used in salads and sachets) rather than its tiny daisies. Leggy stems reach to 3 ft. high; if these are cut back, the gray-green, finely scallop-edged basal leaves can make a nice edging for an herb garden. Divide clumps and reset divisions in late summer or fall.

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