Additional notes (click to expand)


Tanaceti in Pharmacopoeia Londinensis (1618 (2nd edit), Tansy and Tanacetum vulgare in Parkinson (1640)
Parkinson, John (1640) 'Theatrum Botanicum' London, Thomas Cotes page 80-81

Other use

Notes by Henry Oakeley from Lindley's 'Flora Medica' (1838): This is the common Tansy; its other Latin name is Pyrethrum tanacetum. Lindley records that ‘Withering says that if meat is rubbed with Tansy leaves, the fleshfly will not touch it’. It contains an insecticide Pyrethrin, which is effective against many insect pests which is why the flies did not lay their eggs on Withering’s piece of meat. It is relatively harmless to mammals. Tanacetum cinerariifolium is the main source of Pyrethrin.
Lindley, John. (1838). Flora Medica, Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans

Geographical distribution

  • Asia-Temperate, Caucasus
  • Asia-Temperate, China
  • Asia-Temperate, Eastern Asia, Japan
  • Asia-Temperate, Eastern Asia, Korea
  • Asia-Temperate, Middle Asia, Kazakhstan
  • Asia-Temperate, Middle Asia, Kyrgyzstan
  • Asia-Temperate, Mongolia, Mongolia
  • Asia-Temperate, Russian Far East
  • Asia-Temperate, Siberia
  • Asia-Temperate, Western Asia, Turkey
  • Europe

Tanacetum vulgare L.

Genus: Tanacetum
Species: vulgare L.
Common names: Tansy
Distribution summary: Europe, Temperate Asia
Habit: Perennial
Hardiness: H5 - Hardy; cold winter
Habitat: Wasteland and roadsides
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Europe & Middle East (J)
Flowering months: July, August
Reason for growing: Medicinal

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