Yes it does deter pests, absolutely, but it needs to be within 3 or 4 feet of the seating area, I think. Mosquitoes don't bite me, but they do others who visit, unless they are seated near the tansy. I don't use it for anything else, of course.
It is a lovely bloom, though, just don't taste or smell it if the foliage is broken, and those blooms don't smell very good either. I do use it sometimes with other cut flowers, but not for long.
Thanks for writing...and hey, I do like your name!
Thanks, that's nice to know and with this added bit of knowledge I'll probably be planting some close to my patio for next year. I like our name too. Not too many younger Sharons. The ones I meet most often seem to be in our age group.
This is a plant I don't have in my garden and actually don't remember ever being around when I was growing up. Of course, we had a small suburban plot in the little town where we lived and the plants I do remember my grandmother having were mainly a climbing rose from the old homeplace, some zinnias, pansies (her namesake) Sweet Williams, hyacinths, daffs and tulips, phlox and irises. She always planted morning glories around the clothes line posts, too.
See, Sharon? Even when we don't have a common memory, your articles always take me back to my own childhood and a time when we all lived together in that big old house!
Onewish, it probably is a host plant for some of the good bugs...I only know that it does repel some bad ones. It's like fennel, I like its scent sometimes, but would not grow it except for two things: it is great on baked fish, and it hosts the larva of swallowtail butterflies. Like Aunt Bett said, 'There's always a reason.'
I probably should have researched more before I wrote the article, and I would have found more positive things about it. Too much of a hurry, I suppose.
Glad it stirred up memories for you, Angie...plants do that for me, too. At the KY RU last weekend, I nearly cried when I saw the wild ferns that Postmandug brought...they were straight from my mountains, and the Christmas fern stays green all year round. I don't know its botanical name, I only know I used its fronds to decorate for Christmas. I had not seen one in many years. Now I'll have to research it. Most of the time I remember plants in only the ways they apply to me. Need to dig deeper into the research area.
True about our name, Sharon...not used much these days, but I have some friends my age also named Sharon.
You all have a good day...and Angie, be careful if it's flooding down your way.
Thanks for reading the article.
I love the leaf on the tansy you're writing about, but I managed to kill it off before it took over my garden.
Last year I planted this chartreuse-leafed variety, and it seems to be behaving itself so far. I need all the bug-repellants I can grow! It may not be as effective (smelly), but don't think it's as invasive, either. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/53291/
Yep, I am---thanks! That chartreuse leaf really stands out in the garden---I think you'd enjoy it. I have it planted in front of some (tiny baby) screaming fushia-pink azaleas, and the combination was pretty striking last spring!
Driving up to Wisconsin couple years ago, I ran into Tansy everywhere, and collected the seeds. I planted them here in Florida in the cool fall months, but no go. I'm sure, like quite a few plants, tansy does not care for our heat and humidity. Has anyone ever grown tansy in North Florida or southern parts of Georgia? I like the scent, and love the flowers and ferny leaves. Are pollinators attracted to it?