Family Name: Compositae
Botanical Name(s): Tanacetum Balsamita
Popular Name(s): Alecost, Balsam Herb, Costmarie, Mace,
Balsamita, Bible Leaf.
Parts Used: Leaves.
Habitat: It is a native of southern Europe.
Description: The steam grows up to 3-4 feet. The leaves are
sweet scented and 6" long strap shaped. Costmary goes strongly to
leaf, but does not flower.
Uses: Costmary leaves that may be used in teas or in herb
pillows. The leaves were used as bookmarks, thus the term "bible
leaf". Fine hairs give a light gray look. The fresh leaves were
also used in salads and in pottage and dried are often put into
pot-pourri, as they retain their aroma.