Tansy Seeds - Golden Buttons Herb Seed

Tansy Seeds

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Herb Specifications

Season: Perennial

USDA Zones: 3 - 9

Height: 24 - 36 inches

Bloom Season: Summer

Bloom Color: Yellow

Environment: Full sun to partial shade

Soil Type: Moist, well-drained soil of average fertility

Planting Directions

Temperature: 68F - if no germination in 3 - 4 wks, move to 24 - 39F for 2 - 4 wks

Average Germ Time: 21 - 28 days

Light Required: Yes

Depth: Surface sow and thinly cover

Sowing Rate: 5 - 7 seeds per plant

Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 24 - 36 inches

Tansy (Tanacetum Vulgare) - Start Tansy seeds and grow the commonly known plant Golden Buttons or Common Tansy. Common Tansy herb plants grow to two to three feet tall with small yellow button-like flowers. The Tansy leaves are used dry to make dyes and many forms of insect repellents. This is an herb plant grown from herb seeds that you DO NOT eat.

Insect repellent

Tansy is used as an effective insect repellent and can be an asset in the garden as a companion plant for cucumbers, squash, roses and some berries to help keep the plants pest-free.

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How to grow

How To Grow Tansy From Seed: Start Tansy seeds directly outdoors once frost danger has passed. Lightly cover the herb seeds and keep them moist. Golden Buttons plants self-sow abundantly by dropping its seeds.

It's best to keep the spent flowers deadheaded in order to keep the Common Tansy herb plants from spreading too aggressively. The herb plants need about an inch of moisture every week.

  • Sowing Rate: 5 - 7 seeds per plant
  • Average Germ Time: 21 - 28 days
  • Keep moist until germination
  • Attracts bees and butterflies
  • Depth: Surface sow and thinly cover
golden buttons herb

Harvesting Tansy

You can harvest Tansy leaves anytime. For best quality, always harvest in the morning after the dew has dried. You can pick the flowers in the afternoon from midsummer to fall when they are almost fully open. Don't use Tansy in cooking, even though you may find older recipes that may include it. Tansy herb may cause illness when taken internally.

  • Height: 24 - 36 inches
  • USDA Zones: 3 - 9
  • Season: Perennial
  • Deer Resistant: Yes