AKRON, Ohio—Dependent on what they could grow themselves, early settlers to Northeast Ohio made a point of bringing seeds or plants with them. One was costmary, likely transported as a rhizome (root), since it produces few seeds. Today costmary grows in the circa 1815 herb garden recently recreated by the Bath Gamma Garden Club at Hale Farm and Village.
Costmary (Tanacetum balsamatica) is a perennial herb hardy to Zone 4. It has a pleasant, balsam-like fragrance. The common name comes from Latin costus (aromatic oriental plant) and Maria, a tribute to the Mother Mary. Grown in sun, it produces unimpressive