Tansy - Tanacetum vulgare (Plant)
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.
It needs to be noted that Tansy is toxic to many animals especially livestock.