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Tansy seeds - Tanacetum vulgare - Wildflower

£1.90
Type: Hardy Perennial
Approximate height: 90 cm to 1.5 metres
Flowering Time: Summer
Site and soil type: Prefers damp soil in sun or semi-shade
When to sow: Spring, summer, early autumn
Where to sow: Outside, direct into soil or under cover, into trays, modules or pots.
Packet contents: Approximately 650 seeds / 0.26 g

Also known as Buttonweed, Hind-heal and Bitter Buttons, Tansy has deeply-divided, aromatic leaves and clusters of golden button flowers through summer into autumn. 

It grows naturally on verges and grassland but makes a tall, striking plant in a garden border.

Tansy provides food for the bright green tansy beetle, (sadly now rare in the UK) and also our most common hoverfly, the marmalade fly which is orange with black bands across its body.

Tansy attracts / provides food for the following creatures:

  • Moths including Common Nettle-tap  🦋
  • Hoverflies, especially the marmalade fly
  • Tansy Beetle (now very rare in UK)
  • 🦇 (RHS)
  • An "RHS Plants for Pollinators" plant **

All our seed packets include sowing instructions.

Jemima’s Garden seeds are plastic free and reyclable. They’re contained in an inner glassine envelope, (made from pine wood cellulose), and an outer Kraft paper seed packet. Any shipping packaging is also plastic free and recyclable.


Key to symbols:

🐛 A food plant for the caterpillar

🦋 Provides nectar for the adult moth or butterfly

🦇 Listed in: Bat Conservation Trust Encouraging bats, A guide for bat-friendly gardening and living

🦇 (RHS)  Listed in the RHS Plants for Bats list

** RHS Plants for Pollinators. The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects. Find out more at rhs.org.uk/plantsforpollinators

** The Royal Horticultural Society, and its logo, are trade marks of The Royal Horticultural Society (Registered Charity No 222879/SC038262) and used under licence.