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

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Common names
  • Tansy
  • Golden Buttons
  • Bitter Button
  • Agua-da-Colonia
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Tanacetum vulgare
  • Synonym: Chrysanthemum boreale
  • Synonym: Tanacetum boreale

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Location:  Indiana  zone 5
Date: 2015-09-22
Location: Nature Reserve Gent, Belgium
Date: 2009-07-11
Still in bud..
Location: my front yard
Date: 2009-06-12
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2022-06-24
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) beautiful foliage
Location:  Indiana  zone 5
Date: 2015-09-22
Location: Baie-Sainte-Anne New Brunswick
Date: November 2018
Location: Garfield, WA
Date: 2008-02-17
Tansy stalks dried and frozen in the winter.
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2018-07-22

Date: 2021-08-16

photo by H. Zell
Location: Home
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: 2012-06-21
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2015-07-02
Location: Mavrovo Nat. P
Date: 2021-08-16
Location: Bronkhorst
Date: 2020-08-04
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: 2012-10-11

Courtesy Outsidepride
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Location: Home
Location: Home
Location: Nature Reserve Gent, Belgium
Date: 2008-07-27
Nature is the best gardener! :)
Location: Twisp
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2015-07-16
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2015-07-16
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2009-08-19
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2022-09-04
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: 2012-10-10
Location: Nature Reserve Gent, Belgium
Date: 2011-09-22
having set seed
Location: Nature Reserve Gent, Belgium
Date: 2008-07-27
Location: Botanical garden of Barcelona (Spain)
Date: 2022-04-16
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2015-07-08

photo credit: H. Zell

photo credit: H. Zell
Location: My North Florida garden

Photo by Leo Michels
Location: Mavrovo Nat. P
Date: 2021-08-16

Date: 2021-08-16
Location: Bronkhorst
Date: 2020-08-04

Photo by Wikimedia Commons user: Fir0002

photo by H. Zell
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-11-26
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-11-26
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-11-26
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-11-26
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-11-26
Location: Nature Reserve Gent, Belgium
Date: 2009-08-01
Location: Garfield, WA
Date: 2007-01-01
Tansy can be invasive.
Location: Nature Reserve, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2014-08-09
Location: Nature Reserve, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2014-08-09
Location: Garfield, WA
Date: 2008-01-01
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: 2009-07-07

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
  • Uploaded by Joy

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
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Comments:
  • Posted by Permastake (Toronto Ontario Canada - Zone 4b) on Sep 1, 2023 4:00 PM concerning plant:
    I also have a love-hate relationship with Tansy. Growing for over 25 years, it now appears in a front garden where it was never planted. Probably on my garden shoes. Tried to cut it out with no luck. Learning to like it.
  • Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Nov 19, 2011 12:46 AM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by lauribob (N Central Wash. - the dry side - Zone 5b) on Jun 8, 2015 2:31 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 27, 2014 1:33 PM concerning plant:
    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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