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Tansy

Tanacetum vulgare

Golden Buttons, Buttons, Buttonweed, Ginger plant, Hind-heal, Immortality

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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.

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
Notes
Will readily spread via rhizomes or self-seeding

Special features

Geography

Origin
Europe, Eurasia

Environment

Light
Full Sun, 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 - A pleasant scent between camphor and rosemary.

Problems

Generally pest and disease free.

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