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Tanacetum

Asteraceae (Compositae)
Perennials, Flowers

Most species have finely divided leaves (often aromatic) and clusters of daisylike flowerheads. Some have gray to nearly white foliage.

Tanacetum balsamita

Native Europe to central Asia. This weedy, rhizomatous plant is grown for its sweet-scented foliage (used in salads and sachets) rather than its tiny daisies. Leggy stems reach to 3 ft. high; if these are cut back, the gray-green, finely scallop-edged basal leaves can make a nice edging for an herb garden. Divide clumps and reset divisions in late summer or fall.

Tanacetum parthenium

Native to southern Europe and the Caucasus. Compact, leafy, aggressive, spreading by volunteer seedlings; once favored in Victorian gardens. Plants are covered in small yellow, white, or yellow-centered white daisies in summer. Leaves have a strong peppery scent that some people find offensive. Varieties range from 1–3 ft. tall.

To propagate, divide the clumps in spring; or sow seeds in spring for bloom by midsummer.

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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