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Tanacetum


Perennials, Flowers

Most species have finely dividedleaves (often aromatic) andclusters of daisylike flowerheads. Some have gray tonearly white foliage.

Tanacetum vulgare, photo courtesy of Michel Lefèvre/Bios/Photolibrary
Tanacetum vulgare, photo courtesy of Michel Lefèvre/Bios/Photolibrary

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Tanacetum vulgare

Native to Europe. Coarse,rather weedy garden plant to3 ft. high and 2 ft. wide, withfinely divided, bright green, aromatic(some say smelly) leaves.Small, buttonlike yellow flowersappear in late summer. Thinclumps yearly to keep inbounds. This plant is no longerused medicinally, though it isstill grown in herb gardens. T. v.crispum, fern-leaf tansy, growsto 2 1/2 ft. high; it has finely cutfoliage and is more decorativethan the species. ‘Isla Gold’has golden yellow foliage.

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