Grey or Green Santolina, aka "lavender cotton"
This is a delightful topiary plant, non-edible, that you see
featured in the higher end catalogs around Christmas time.
Anise (Pimpinella Anisum, Linn.), an annual herb of the natural order Umbelliferæ. It is a native of southwestern Asia, northern Africa and south-eastern Europe, whence it has been introduced by man throughout the Mediterranean region, into Germany, and to some extent into other temperate regions of both hemispheres, but seems not to be known anywhere in the wild state or as an escape from gardens. To judge from its mention in the Scriptures (Matthew xxiii, 23), it was highly valued as a cultivated crop prior to our era, not only in Palestine, but elsewhere in the East. Many Greek and Roman authors, especially Dioscorides, Theophrastus, Pliny and Paladius, wrote more or less fully of its cultivation and uses.
From their days to the present it seems to have enjoyed general popularity. In the ninth century, Charlemagne commanded that it be grown upon the imperial farms;
The reference to Sage or Salvia should be regarded as a mark of respect for the plant, not an indication that it belongs to the Salvia family. It is a member of the Chrysanthemum family. Originating in the Orient, where it has been used for generations to give food a piquant flavor. It has also been used to clear, flavour and preserve beer. Fresh, young leaves may be added sparingly to salads, soups, bread and cold beverages. Costmary can be used like mint in beverages and iced soups. Use the leaves sparingly in carrot soup, green salads and fruit salads, with game, or in poultry stuffing and fruit cakes. It is delicious on peas and new potatoes.
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