Common Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

Mike Oxley

Cornwall Ontario, Canada

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Rotary Eco Gardens, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.
November 7, 2009

From “Ontario Wildflowers” by Linda Kershaw:

Common Tansy was one of the first medicinal herbs brought to North America. Traditionally it was used to repel lice and fleas, kill intestinal worms and induce abortions, sometimes with fatal results for both mother and child. It has also been used to flavour liqueurs, cakes, pudding, omelettes, salads and cheeses, but now we know it should never be used in food unless its toxins (especially thujone) have been removed. Common tansy was the herb that made Ganymede, the beautiful cup-bearer of the Greek gods, immortal. For that reason, and because of its strong insect repelling fragrance, this plant was used to preserve bodies in ancient Greece. In Canada, common tansy is a troublesome weed. One plant can produce more than 50,000 seeds and established plants spread rapidly with creeping rootstocks. Common Tansy blooms from July to September, but I don’t think anyone told this one.

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