Propagation: By seed, easy germination, self-sows freely; by cuttings; by root division.
Nature of Plant: A most unusual and beautiful 2-foot high, branching, woody sub-shrub with lacy, blue-green leaves and bright yellow flowers 1/2 inch across; excellent for hedges in small gardens or borders for paths; can be trimmed like box but will not bloom if tips are cut; almost evergreen turning brown late in winter but one of the first herbs to recover in spring, sending out tiny leaves all along bluish stalks; gives a lacy effect in flower arrangements.
Spacing of Mature Plants: 18 inches.
Cultural Requirements: In poor, rather heavy but well-drained soil, preferably lime, chalk or clay and average moist; needs sun; liable to winterkill in rich soil but very hardy in poor soil.
Leaf: (Health) For croup in poultry, for worms, hysteria and colic, juice used as disinfectant, bruised leaves for joint pain and headache; (Industrial) oil used to give odor to sweet pea perfume; (Household) branches hung in room to drive out flies, Italians have used it for generations for the eyes; (Culinary) sparingly chopped in sandwiches, vegetable cocktail, mixed with chicken and mushrooms, spread on Swedish bread, in salad and stew.
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