Tansy Seeds - (Tanacetum vulgare)

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SKU:
H1082
Seed Count:
Approx 100 seeds per pack
Type:
Perennial
Plant Spacing:
12"
Light Preference:
Sun to partial shade
Soil Requirements:
Well drained
Status:
Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
$3.15

Description

Tansy - Golden Buttons

Finely divided compound leaves on stout, somewhat reddish smooth stems, with yellow, button-like flowers. Scent is camphor pungent with rosemary undertones. Heat and drought tolerant, but does well in poor, cold soils.

History

Grown in North America since the 1600s for its herbal properties, is native to Europe. The belief in tansy's ability to arrest decay (it was often packed into coffins) originates from the longevity of is scent and color. The trait is preserved in its common and Latin name, which derives from the Greek word for immortality, athanasia.

Uses

Listed by the United States Pharmacopoeia as a treatment for fevers, feverish colds, and jaundice. Used by traditional dyers to produce a golden-yellow dye. The yellow flowers are dried for use in floral arrangements. Repels insects, particularly flies and mosquitoes. 

Growing Tip

Tansy plants increase rapidly, creating large colonies from their creeping rootstock.

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