Tansy, Goldsticks

Tansy, Goldsticks

One of the many beneficial uses of this aromatic herb is as a cut flower and Goldsticks tansy is the best variety for that purpose, with larger flowers, longer stem lengths and longer flowering time.

Brilliant long lasting gold blooms decorate this dark green, fern-like plant, which shares all of its parent’s best qualities while being somewhat less likely to spread itself around the garden.

Tansy leaves produce an oil called thujone that smells of resin and balsam, making the whole plant smell strongly.

Because of the potent qualities of the oil, it is recommended to use caution when handling or eating it.

It is a natural insect repellent, however, useful in the home against ants and cockroaches, and in container gardens on patios against mosquitoes.

Its ability to repel borers makes it a good companion plant in the garden for roses and cane fruits like raspberry.

Both leaves and flowers can be used to produce a yellow-green dye.

A sturdy upright plant with its button-like blooms, Goldsticks tansy is a hard worker in the garden.

Zones 4-9

Easy to grow

Tansy is great in the flower bed as borders, edging, or in clumps. They are also good for fresh bouquets and as dried flowers. Dried leaves and flowers are used as a potpourri.

Tansy are easy to grow, requiring little, or no attention. They prefer full sun to partial shade and grow well in average to poor soils. Mix in plenty of compost prior to planting in poor soils.

Sow seeds early in the season, and cover lightly with 1/4″ of fine garden or potting soil. Water thoroughly once.

Thin or space plants 6″ apart.

Once your Tansy are established, they should grow well with few problems and no maintenance. Keep the soil moist to slightly dry. Water them during dry periods, once a week. Add fertilizer once a month.

Packet app. 30 seeds. $3.00




 

 

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