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Common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

Common tansy Common Names: Garden tansy

Description: Introduced to North America for medicinal purposes and as an ornamental plant; toxic.

Habit: Perennial forb, grows to a height of 2-5 ft.

Leaves: Alternate and pinnately compound with deeply divided, toothed fernlike leaflets. 4-10 in long and 1.5-3 in wide and strongly scented when crushed.

Stems: Erect; 2-5 ft tall; grows in clusters; slightly hairy; woody and purplish red near ground.

Flowers: Yellow in color, daisy-like flower heads, 1/3 in wide and arranged in a showy, flat-topped inflorescence at the top of the stem; blooms from July through October.

Fruit and seeds: Produce numerous tufted seeds, spread by wind and water.

Habitat: Native to Europe. Found in open disturbed areas, roadsides, pastures, fields, prairies, hedgerows, gardens and naturally disturbed environments, such as flood-scoured river shores.

Reproduction: By seed that are dispersed by wind and water or expansion of short rhizomes.

Similar species: Stinking willie (Senecio jacobaea), a poisonous pasture weed & non-aromatic; Lake Huron tansy (Tanacetum bipinnatum).

Monitoring and rapid response: Can be cut, tilled or dug up; removing entire rootstock. Mow prior to flowering, repeat mowing as needed to prevent seed set. Effectively controlled using any of several readily available general use herbicides such as glyphosate.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.

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Common Name:

Common tansy

Scientific Name:

Tanacetum vulgare







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