Tanacetum is easy to grow, as it tolerates many different soil types and sunlight levels. It grows best in well-drained, average soil in full to part sun and is drought-tolerant, once established.

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Tanacetum is a genus of around 160 species, many of which have been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes to treat migranes and menstrual problems. The chemical compounds in tanacetum are very toxic, even in low doses, making them problematic to take internally. The leaves, when applied in a poultice to the skin, treat bites and stings and repel insects.

Tanacetum is closely related to mums and Shasta daisies and has swapped many species between these groups over the years. It is a great little perennial with its finely dissected, fern-like, fragrant leaves and button-like, yellow flowers. The crushed leaves are said to smell like a mix of camphor and rosemary.

Tanacetum (Tansy) Growing Conditions

Tansy is easy to grow, as it tolerates many different soil types and sunlight levels. It grows best in well-drained, average soil in full to part sun. Tanacetum is drought-tolerant, once established, and will spread via rhizomes to form an attractive colony. Although, the wild varieties can be weedy if they are not promptly de-flowered, there are several well-behaved cultivars.