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Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
4ft 11in
Max height
1ft 8in
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Tanacetum vulgare

Other names

Tansy, Common tansy

Genus

Tanacetum Tanacetum

Species

T. vulgare - T. vulgare is a perennial herbaceous flowering plant with finely divided compound leaves and yellow, buttonlike flowers.


Tanacetum vulgare is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Toxicity

All species of tansy are highly toxic. The plant is poisonous if large quantities are ingested.

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green, Silvery-grey in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf and bud eelworms , Leaf-mining sawflies Aphids , Leaf and bud eelworms , Leaf-mining sawflies

General care

Pruning

Cut back faded flowers to encourage a second flowering. Deadhead to prevent self-seeding around the garden. Spreads very aggressively at the roots.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy) will reach a height of 4ft 11in and a spread of 1ft 8in after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Wildlife

Cultivation

Tansy will thrive in almost any soil in sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Tanacetum vulgare

Other names

Tansy, Common tansy

Genus

Tanacetum Tanacetum

Species

T. vulgare - T. vulgare is a perennial herbaceous flowering plant with finely divided compound leaves and yellow, buttonlike flowers.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Toxicity

All species of tansy are highly toxic. The plant is poisonous if large quantities are ingested.


Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green, Silvery-grey in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf and bud eelworms , Leaf-mining sawflies

General care

Pruning

Cut back faded flowers to encourage a second flowering. Deadhead to prevent self-seeding around the garden. Spreads very aggressively at the roots.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy) will reach a height of 4ft 11in and a spread of 1ft 8in after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Wildlife

Cultivation

Tansy will thrive in almost any soil in sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

WUCOLS water use

North Central Coastal - Moderate/Medium

Central Valley - Moderate/Medium

South Coastal - Unknown

South Inland Valley - Unknown

High & Inter. Desert - Unknown

Low Desert - Unknown

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