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Costmary.

Botanical name:

Costus hortorum.

A GARDEN plant kept more for its virtues than its beauty, but at present neglected. It grows a foot and half high, and has clusters of naked yellow flowers like tansy. The stalks are firm, thick, green, and upright; the leaves are oblong, narrow, of a pale green, and beautifully serrated; the flowers consist only of deep yellow threads.

It was once greatly esteemed for strengthening the stomach, and curing head-achs, and for opening obstructions of the liver and spleen, but more seems to have been said of it than it deserved.


The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.



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