Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Tanacetum vulgare Accepted
Tanacetum boreale Synonym
Chrysanthemum boreale Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10a
Plant Height: 3-5 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Self
Beetles
Flies
Bees

Still in bud..

Wildflowers in EuropeWildflowers in Europe
August 20, 2013

These are my personal views on growing plants and a little overview of some European wildflowers

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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Nov 19, 2011 12:46 AM

Tansy is an extremely hardy perennial with a strong smelling scent that acts as a natural insect repellant. Historically it was used to keep vermin and pests (lice, flies, fleas) out of homes and storage areas.

It was introduced from Europe and grows in most of the US. It's a nice background plant, growing in clumps about 3 feet high. It has feathery, dark green narrow, lance shaped leaves growing alternately along the stem. At the top of the stem the blooms appear in clusters of small, button-like, yellow flowerheads. They bloom from July to October.

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Posted by lauribob (N Central Wash. - the dry side - Zone 5b) on Jun 8, 2015 2:31 PM

Tansy grows wild all over my property here in Eastern Washington. A little bit more than I would like sometimes, but I've learned to live with it. It's pretty when it's blooming, but I don't care for the smell of it.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 27, 2014 1:33 PM

Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) has value to the garden as a companion plant, reportedly attracting ladybugs, lacewings, parasitic mini-wasps, and tachinid flies, and helping to repel Japanese beetles, striped cucumber beetle, squash bugs, ants, and flies. It has a long history of use as a medicinal herb and as an insect repellant. Unfortunately, Tansy is an aggressive seeder that has become invasive in many areas.

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