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

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Zones 1-24
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Regular Water

Tanacetum vulgare


Perennials, Flowers


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

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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