Name: tansy, Tanacetum vulgare, Chrysanthemum vulgare.
Foliage: fern-like, heavily scented perennial foliage.
Climate: prefers arid/semi-arid, warm temperate and cold temperate climates.
Soil: will grow in almost any soil. Avoid waterlogged or damp areas.
Position: full sun.
Flowering: yellow button-like flowers in flat-topped clusters extend high above the foliage in summer.
Feeding: apply compost annually and mulch in early spring.
Watering: drought-tolerant once established. Water only during extended periods of heat and drought.
Tansy is a fast-growing hardy perennial that thrives on neglect and reduces your need for pest repellent chemicals in the garden. Tall and narrow with fern-like foliage topped with clusters of yellow button flowers in summer, tansy dies back down to the ground in autumn, ready to reshoot again in spring.
Tansy is a beneficial companion plant for most crops, from cabbage, kale, broccoli and cauliflower, to cucumbers, squash and even potatoes. Its camphor-scented foliage helps to repel pests, while its bright yellow button flowers attract pollinators and beneficial insects to the garden.
Tansy is easy to grow from seed.
Tansy is a low-maintenance perennial, related to thistles, rewarding you with flowers and foliage with very little attention. Deadhead old flowers regularly to stop tansy self-seeding or spreading throughout the garden.
Water while plants are young and during extended periods of drought or heat. Improve soil at planting, apply compost annually and mulch each spring.
None! Tansy actually helps to repel pests from the garden, while attracting pollinators and other beneficial insects.
Propagate by division or root cuttings in early spring, or by seed saved at the end of summer.
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