Tansy - Tanacetum vulgare
1/4 teaspoon open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.
I would not be without this plant in my kitchen garden. After battling coddling moth, I decided to plant Tansy at the base of my apple tree along with some pyrethrum plants. From this point on, I no longer have an issue with coddling moth!! So, the claims that Tansy is an insect repellent are true. But it does not deter the bees or the ladybugs, who love its bright yellow flowers.
Tansy is also used as a companion plant for beans, cucumbers, squash, corn, roses, berries, fruits, peppers and potato. Plant it next to the compost heap as it will help to concentrate the potassium in the soil.
And if that wasn't enough, the flowers are excellent cut for floral arrangements. It can be used either fresh or dried.
Tansy is a herbaceous perennial that prefers full sun and well drained soil. It grows to around 1m in height. A very easy to grow plant. Cut back in autumn. Note, if you are in a warmer area of Australia, Tansy will get heat stressed in summer, so you might want to plant in a more shaded position.
For most parts of Australia sow seeds in spring. In the warmer areas, sow seeds in autumn or winter. Lightly sprinkle seeds onto a light potting mix and just cover with some potting mix. and water. Do not bury the seeds as they require some light to germinate. Keep moist but not wet. Germination will take around 20 and 30 days.
It needs to be noted that Tansy is toxic to many animals especially livestock.