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Chrysanthemum Tanacetum balsamita

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Other plants called Chrysanthemum:

Previously known as:

  • Chrysanthemum balsamita
Phonetic Spelling
TAN-uh-SEE-tum bal-SAM-it-uh
Description

A perennial herb with oval serrated leaves that have a eucalyptus fragrance.  Sweeter and more aromatic than Tansy, when clipped, Costmary also makes an attractive, fragrant hedge in the herb garden or perennial border.  Often called mint geranium but it is related neither to the mint nor the geranium family.  It is in the Asteraceae family.

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Tags:
#fragrant#herb garden#borders#edible garden#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#herb garden#borders#edible garden#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    tanacetum
    Species:
    balsamita
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Herb/edible garden, fragrant hedge, perennial border
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mediterranean
    Edibility:
    Edible
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 8 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 4 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Herb
    Perennial
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Eucalyptus fragrance. Sweeter and more aromatic than Tansy. It can be used in place of mint in iced drinks and as a sage substitute in stuffing. It pairs well with egg and seafood dishes, and also sweet dishes like fruits and cake. Use sparingly as a little goes a long way, the leaf has a sharp tang and can rapidly be overpowering in any dish.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses