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Tanacetum vulgare

Tanaisie
Tansy

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

6-10 mm

Flowering months

July,

August,

September,

October

Leaf type

Pinnatisect

Height

to 1.2 m

Description

A strong smelling herb. Traditionally the leaves were strewn where animals were kept, against fleas, or near door openings to the outside against mice and ants.

The plant’s essential oil contains a substance called thujone, one of the ingredients in Absinthe. A herb that was much used previously but now comes with a warning.

Flowers

The button-like, golden-yellow flowers are arranged in flat topped clusters.

Leaves

Pinnatisect leaf is deeply lobed, almost to the central midrib. Deeply lobed almost to central midrib, serrated.

Fruits Seeds

Achene: a cluster of small, dry 1-seeded fruit.

Edible

In spring, in the area of Diest in Belgium, the young shoots of the Tansy are added to the pancake mix.

Medical

In Homeopathy, to eradicate worms.

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