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Tanacetum vulgare

Belonging to the Tanacetum genus, Tansy has a botanical name of Tanacetum vulgare. The botanical name epithet vulgare means 'common'.

Tansy is a great, low maintenance herb to grow that has a range of beneficial uses in the garden. Blooms in vibrant yellow in the summer, and can be used as a natural insect repellant.

Tansy is a flowering herb perennial, it will last at least up to several years in its native climate. Tansy is known for growing with a phorb habit to a height of approximately 1.00 metres (that's 3.25 feet in imperial).

Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Tansy is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Tansy have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Tansy

  • Full Sun

    OR +
  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Strongly aromatic leaves repel insects.
Attractive button flowers dry well.

Enjoys a full sun / partial sun position in your garden and remember to water moderately. Zone 3 to 9 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). A soil ph of between 6.1 and 7.8 is ideal for Tansy as it does best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil.

See our list of companion Plants for Tansy to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Tansy from seed

Transplanting Tansy

Common Tansy problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Tansy plants:

Other names for Tansy

Silver Lace Bush, Dusty Miller, Common tansy, Bitter Buttons, Cow Bitter, Mugwort, Golden Buttons

Tanacetum vulgare L.

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