A hardy perennial bushy herb with green/blue leaves
and greenish/yellowish flowers in summer.
A herb steeped in history.
Its odour is repellant to animals and insects which is its main virtue,
and the reason it is still used inTuzzie-muzzies
(carried by the Monarch on Maunday)
It used to be used as a tonic and stimulant
and even used, sparingly, in salads.
However, it should be noted that it is severely toxic
to the skin in sunlight (especially the sap),
so wear gloves when pruning,
and avoid during pregnancy.
The bush can become quite large and untidy
unless regularly pruned to shape,
especially on rubbishy, poor, dry soils which it prefers.
It also likes a sunny position.
The plants are grown in 9cm(3inch) pots, which are not included in the item to keep postage reasonable. Included in the item , where available, is the coloured label as seen in the photograph, which gives cultural and usage tips.
Hardy = frost tolerant. Half-hardy = likes winter protection. Tender = will not survive frosts.
Annual = lasts one season only . Biennial = lasts two seasons. Perennial = lasts more than two seasons
Deciduous = loses its leaves in the winter.
Evergreen = remains green all year
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