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Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy)

Tansy, Buttons, Buttonweed, Ginger Plant, Golden Buttons, Hind-Heal, Immortality, Chrysanthemum vulgare


Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy) is an erect, rhizomatous perennial bearing flat-topped clusters of buttonlike, golden daisy flowers in mid to late summer. They are borne atop strongly-scented, fern-like fresh green foliage. The leaves are often harvested, dried, and used as potpourri. Tansy was once used as a short-term remedy for the treatment of worm infestations of the gut. Today this herb is no longer used medicinally. A natural insect repellent, tansy can be grown outside in pots around outdoor entertaining areas to deter flies and mosquitoes.

  • Grows up to 1-3 ft. tall (30-90 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm). Aggressively self-seeds and its spreading rhizomes can be weedy and difficult to remove.
  • Performs best in sun to part shade in dry to medium, well-drained soil. Appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Prefers moist, humus-rich soils where it can quickly spread by rhizomes but tolerates poor, dry soils where its spreading habit is more limited. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Good choice for cottage gardens or naturalized areas (where it can self-seed and spread freely).
  • Excellent as fresh cut flowers or in dried arrangements.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Deer resistant.
  • Promptly shear off spent flowers in order to control undesired self-seeding.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • This plant is listed as a noxious weed in several US states and should not be moved or grown under conditions that would involve danger of dissemination.
  • Native to Europe.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Herbs, Perennials
Plant Family Tanacetum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 15" – 18" (37cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United Kingdom
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Herbs, Perennials
Plant Family Tanacetum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 15" – 18" (37cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United Kingdom
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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