Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) is a perennial, herbaceous flowering plant of the aster family, native to temperate Europe and Asia. It has been introduced to other parts of the world including North America. It looks appropriate in a woodland or meadow garden and is easy to grow.
Tansy is a flowering herbaceous plant with finely divided compound leaves and yellow, button-like flowers. It has a stout, somewhat reddish, erect stem, usually smooth, (2′-4′ ) tall, and branching near the top. The leaves are alternate, (4″–6″) long and are lobed, divided almost to the center into about seven pairs of segments, or lobes, which are again divided into smaller lobes having saw-toothed edges, giving the leaf a somewhat fernlike appearance. The roundish, flat-topped, button-like, yellow flower heads are produced in terminal clusters from mid-to-late summer. The scent is similar to that of camphor with hints of rosemary.
Botanical Name: Tanacetum vulgare
- Striking, bright yellow petal-less flowers
- Strong scented foliage has been used for natural pest repellent
- Flowers atop 3-4 foot stalks with feathery foliage
- Naturalizes well
- Perennial herb