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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 ferny leaves.

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 in medicine.

Tansy is great in the flower bed as borders, edging, or in clumps. They are also good for fresh bouquets and for drying.

Plant Propagation:

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 once.

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

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