How to Grow Tansy Flowers
Perennial, Tanacetum vulgare
Looking for a beautiful flower that is little or no work? Meet Tansy, the
no maintenance flower. Both heat and drought tolerant, Tansy will not mind
if you ignore it. It will still produce charming clusters of small golden
buttons. Originating in Europe where it grew wild, Tansies are members of
the Thistle family. It blooms in July-August above
Many gardeners use Tansy as a natural, organic insect repellent. The leaves
give off a stinky, strongly pungent odor that the bugs just don't like. Tansy
grows 36 - 48 inches.
Did you know? The leaves were once used in flavoring. Tansies were
also used to produce "Oil of Tansy", which is poisonous, but was once used
Tansy is great in the flower bed as borders, edging, or in clumps. They are
also good for fresh bouquets and for drying.
Tansy are grown from seeds in the spring. Directly seed them into your flower
garden after all danger of frost. Sow Tansy seeds early in the season and
cover lightly with 1/4" of fine garden or potting soil. Water thoroughly
Thin or space plants 6" apart.
Established plants can be propagated by division in the fall.
How to Grow Tansy Plants:
Tansy plants are easy to grow and low maintenance. They prefer full sun to
partial shade. They grow well in average or even poor soils. Add a general
purpose fertilizer when planting them, especially if the soil is poor.
Once your Tansy are established, they should grow well with few problems
and no maintenance. Keep the soil moist to slightly dry. Water them during
dry periods, once a week.
Insect and Disease:
Insect and disease problems are uncommon. Tansy has natural repellents to
insects and is sometimes used in organic sprays.
Did You Know? Ants do not like Tansy
to Grow Tansy Flower Plants