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Tansy – Tanacetum vulgare

Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) is sometimes known as Common Tansy, Bitter Buttons, Cow Bitter, Mugwort or Golden Buttons. Tansy is a plant that produces finely divided leaves and yellow, button like flowers. These flat topped flowers are produces in clusters from the middle to late summer. The scent that is produced is similar to that of rosemary, although the leaves and flowers are toxic is consumed in large amounts.

The stem is short and a red colour, the stem is smooth and can reach a height of 150 cm. The leaves alternate on the stem and are often 10 – 15cm in length and slightly lobed and divided into pairs making the leaf look similar to that of a fern.

Height: 50 – 150cm
Flowering Time: July to September
Preferred Conditions: Requires damp, open places, such as rivers, marshes and fens.

Tansy - Tanacetum vulgare