Tansy

Tanacetum vulgare

Golden Buttons, Buttons, Buttonweed, Ginger Plant, Hind-Heal, Immortality, Common Tansy, Garden Tansy

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Tanacetum vulgare is a low maintenance herbaceous perennial with bright yellow button-like flowers and delicate foliage. It was regarded as a necessity for every garden in 16th Century Britain and is even recorded to have been grown by the ancient Greeks as a medicinal herb. This species will readily spread via rhizomes or by self-seeding.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Harvesting

Leaves can be harvested at any time during the growing season if they wish to be used as an insect repellant.

Propagation

Seed

Sow in situ after the last frost 40 cm apart with a light covering of soil.

Division

Divide early March

Special features

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

Europe, Eurasia

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family

Asteraceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

Strong

Problems

Generally pest and disease free.
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