common tansy
Tanacetum vulgare L.


Tanacetum vulgare is an aromatic, perennial herbaceous plant that can reach up to 5 ft. (1.5 m) in height.
The leaves of T. vulgare are alternate and sessile or with a short-stalked. The leaves are highly divided and dotted with small glands.
The yellow, button-like flowers develop in dense flat-topped clusters at the apex of the plant. T. vulgare flowers bloom from August to October.
The fruits are 5-angled achenes with small glands. Each plant is capable of producing over 50,000 seeds per year.
Ecological Threat
T. vulgare invades disturbed areas, ditch banks and riparian areas. It is native to temperate Asia and Europe. T. vulgare can be toxic if animals or people ingest large amounts of it.


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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Tanacetum
Subject: Tanacetum vulgare L.

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
garden tansy, tansy


Plants - Forbs/Herbs