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Tanacetum vulgare L.  

common tansy

Tanacetum vulgare
Tanacetum vulgare
Photos by Renee BrechtBritton and Brown. See credits below.**

Botanical name: Tanacetum vulgare L.
Common name: common tansy
Synonomy:Chrysanthemum vulgare (L.) Bernh.
Tanacetum boreale Fisch. ex DC.
Tanacetum vulgare L. var. crispum DC.
Group: dicot
Family: Asteraceae
Growth Type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: introduced
Plant height: 1-4'
Foliage: finely divided compound leaves, alternate
Flowers: yellow, buttonlike flowers
Flowering/fruiting time: mid to late summer
Habitat: roadsides, vacant lots
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking if any: n/a
Misc.: native to Eurasia; invasive in some areas.
Strongly aromatic.
Tansy has been used in traditional ethnomedicine.
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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 3: 522.
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