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Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy) Herb Plant

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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

Other Details

Full sun
Soil Type:
Moist well drained soil
Flower Colour:
Latin Name:
Tanacetum vulgare
RHS rating H6 - Hardy - very cold winter
Meat & Poultry
Herbal medicine
Special Features:
Pollinator Friendly
Type of Garden:

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