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How to plant and cultivate tansy?

How to plant and cultivate tansy?

The characteristics of tansy

  • Type: vegetable plant
  • Height: from 60 to 80 cm, from 80 cm to 1 m, from 1 to 2 m
  • Flower color: yellow
  • Desired exposure: sunny, semi-shaded
  • Type of soil: sandy, limestone, stony, drained
  • Foliage: spent
  • Interview: easy to maintain
  • diseases: aphids

Origins and peculiarities of tansy

Native to Europe, the tansy (anacetum Vulgare or Chrysanthemum Vulgare) is a wild plant which borders country roads. This ornamental and aromatic plant belongs to the Asteraceae family. Nicknamed the " Smells good ", the "slip "," lworms grass"or"St. Mark's Grass ", this deciduous herbaceous plant is a vigorous plant.

Visually, the common tansy offers small tubular flowers of a pretty golden yellow, which punctuate fairly high stems (1m50). Very lively, tansy is ideal for quickly covering flowerbeds.

The tansy is a plant which, in addition to delighting the eye, will also tickle your nostrils! Indeed, its deciduous foliage gives off a strong woody odor, bordering on camphor; its flowers are not to be outdone, and flowering is a real olfactory pleasure.

Uses and uses of tansy

The Saint-Marc herb is appreciated for its decorative virtues as well as its aromatic and officinal properties. In the past, our ancestors used leaves to scent the interior of habitats as well as to dislodge moths from clothing. To do this, they simply made bouquets of dried tanaisies.
Its aromatic properties are also used in cooking in sauces, cakes, creams… however, it is advisable to use them sparingly!

Tanacetum Vulgare is also effective for caring for plants : indeed, it has very interesting insecticidal and deworming properties which make it possible to dislodge numerous parasites and to keep away mosquitoes as well as flies, slugs and Colorado potato beetles. The tansy is therefore as pretty to plant in a garden as effective to fight against parasites!

Plantation of tansy


Although growing in pots is possible, it is best to grow it in the ground in a garden or vegetable patch. The roots of the herbaceous perennial being bulky, it needs space to flourish.
The quality of the soil does not matter, because tansy grows on both calcareous and sandy soil with sunny exposure.

Planting is done by sowing in the spring period with a spacing of 60 cm between each plant.

Harvesting and conservation of tansy

The flowers of Tanacetum Vulgare are harvested at the start of flowering. They keep in the form of bouquets, but you can also chop them to use them as spices.
To dry the leaves, the bouquet will be stored in a dark, but ventilated place.

Maintenance of tansy

The Chrysanthemum Vulgare is a wild plant. It therefore does not need any specific maintenance, and it resists both cold and heat; just make sure to water it well in case of high heat, and not to leave it in an excessively humid environment.

Gardeners recommend cutting back the tuft of the perennial at the end of flowering to facilitate new growth.

Multiplication of tansy

The worm grass is propagated by cuttings, by sowing or by tuft division. All three methods are effective. Sowing or division of tufts is carried out in the spring while the cutting of the stems will take place at the end of September to the beginning of autumn.
To reproduce the perennial plant by dividing tufts, you need:

  • A tuft loaded with roots. This tuft will be gently dislodged from the plant.
  • Burst the tuft with a spade.
  • Plant the chips.

Diseases and parasites of tansy

The slip is a robust plant which resists diseases and various parasites well.
However, it is possible that it will fall prey to aphids in the spring. You can however easily hunt them using a decoction made with Quassia wood and black soap.