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Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy) Herb Plant

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Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) Herb in 1 Litre Pot

Tansy or Tanacetum vulgare, is a decorative and pungent hardy perennial that was once important medicinally but is now seldom used. Tansy can grow to a height of  60-120 cm in dry, stony soil and a sunny site, Tansy will produce a beautiful display of finely divided compound leaves which are a rich green, and clusters of bright yellow button-like flowers held above on long stems in late summer (July-Sept). Tansy is also attractive to bees and butterflies as it is a good source of nectar, so is a welcome addition in the herbaceous border as well as the herb garden. 

Tansy is an easy-going plant that thrives, in most positions except where very wet it likes good drainage, it makes an excellent container plant when grown in a large pot and kept well-watered in summer. It can self-seed or be divided in late Spring or Autumn it can spread quite vigorously but can be controlled by pulling up unwanted rhizomes.

Herb Usage 

Tansy has a strong aromatic flavour, similar to Rosemary and therefore can be used with meat like rosemary. The leaves can also be stewed with rhubarb  or used to flavour sausages, omlettes, or stuffing. Many consider Tansy to be useful as a natural insect repellent, the leaves and flowers can be dried and hung in  bouquets to ward flies out of the kitchen and moths out of the clothes cupboard! Can also be used in a pot-pourri for the same purpose. The flowers can be dried for arrangements and have also been used to produce a yellow/orange dye.

Warning: Tansy should not be eaten any time during pregnancy

Buy Tansy Online

Our potted Tansy Herb Plants are generally available to buy online between March and September

Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Type Moist well drained soil
Flower Colour Yellow
Height 120cm
Spread 50cm
Latin Name Tanacetum vulgare
Hardiness RHS rating H6 - Hardy - very cold winter
Culinary Meat & Poultry
Scented Foliage
Medicinal/Cosmetic Herbal medicine
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Pollinator Friendly
Type of Garden Cottage/Informal
  • 5
    A difficult herb too find

    Posted by Annette Palmer on 1st May 2024

    My husband has been searching for this for ages. So happy too have sourced obe.

  • 5
    Great service

    Posted by Lynda Godfrey on 12th May 2020

    Well grown healthy plant . Very good value.