You can send any tansy you want to get rid of right over here! I found a small plant growing in my yard this year, dug it up and stuck it in a pot. I think it's just lovely and I LIKE the scent. Hope you're right about it being indestructible. And if it will keep bugs away, I want to plant it EVERYWHERE!!!
I don't know about repelling fleas, but it does a pretty good job of keeping ants away from the peonies and out of my house if I get it planted near their entrance. The ones who live under the huge crawl space tho are safe from every thing but the insect foggers. If I could throw some seed under there and get it to sprout and grow maybe it would repel those too.
I've read about it being used for a stewing herb and that it was a replacement for black pepper in cooking. Never tried the cooking part as I don't care for black pepper. I have been known to put some branches of it in the bird house. Not sure why at the moment, but I must have read something about it at the time. I do like the strong spicy scent tho. Maybe I should make some tea to spray on my dogs for a flea repellant. Nothing else seems to work.
I've seen it listed with 2 kinds of leaves and I have both of them. Do you know anything about this? One is listed as the standard or regular one and the other as the fern leaf which I think is much more attractive.
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I have used it in birdhouses, too...keeps ants and other insects out. I don't know much about any of the other species, only the one that grows wild in the mountains. I am thinking of trying some in a huge pot to place on my deck near the door...probably would be too far from the ants to keep them out, but I need to try something to keep them from coming in somewhere near the door. Haven't found exactly where yet.
Thank you so much, the writing of the articles is my pleasure, helps me preserve my own cultural heritage. I am glad you enjoy them.
TC...good to hear from you...yes, I lived in Lou a vull, too...taught there as well, and go back from time to time. I have also enjoyed your articles, bout time for another one, isn't it? Thank you for reading this one.
I read somewhere that tansy was used in the olden days to keep flies off of the meat after an animal had been slaughtered for meals.
I've had in in my yard for a few years. Don't remember where I got it from. Anyone is welcome to it, I love it!
Thanks for another great article sweetie! I could almost promise that we are related! :)
All I have previously known about tansy is that if it is baled up in hay, it will kill cattle. It has no effect on sheep or goats. A neighbor once gave us a whole pickup load of hay that had tansy in it, cut from his field where he was trying to control it. We fed it to our sheep and goats. In southern Oregon, it is a noxious weed, and the government hires people to cut it in the mountains and bring it somewhere to be destroyed. I have ridden through one of these control areas, and have seen whole families gathering the stuff. But of course, they always leave some to go to seed. It's job security!
Mary, I had no idea it was toxic to cattle. What about horses? Will cattle(bovines)eat it alive and green? Is it toxic to them in that form or is it only that toxic when dehydrated so the chemical in it is concentrated?
leaflady, if you go to the Plant ID forum, there are some links to toxic and invasive plants in a sticky that might answer your question. I think most of the links refer to toxicity for pets, but I haven't looked at them all and you might at least find some other links that might be helpful.
Leaflady, I don't know if it is toxic to horses, or if cattle will avoid it when fresh. We don't have it here on the dry side of the state, so it hasn't become an issue. We were living in another part of the state when the neighbor gave us the hay.
we raised cattle for years
I raised tansy right across the fence from them in my garden, and so did my neighbor.
It never invaded the hay fields
It could not and never did get a foot hold in the pasture
But eastern United States may be very different from the western United States!?
Maybe it is easier and ideal conditions for tansy to get a foot hold in the pastures there?
What we have to fight in the hayfields here is the tall &*%@# hemlock!
Even then the cattle have to be really hungery and the hay full of the hemlock before a cow will eat it.
Sharran, thank you for the article. I find the plant interesting and lovely. I've never seen it in the wild or anywhere in Calif. where I'm from, but than again I had not been everywhere. Now living in Somerset, KY and would like to add it to the wild flower garden I am starting. I will start looking for this plant or seeds as I collect flowers for my garden.
Hi Marti...almost a neighbor over there in another of KY's gorgeous lake areas. I have spent many summers on the beautiful Lake Cumberland.
I'll check my tansy and see if I think the seeds are viable. I cut it back, way back, in August, and it hasn't bloomed yet again, I might not have seeds. But if you keep reminding me, I'll send you a clump next spring, that might work. I have things to do today, but will be in the garden tomorrow afternoon, I'll take a look then and let you know. You haven't had frost yet, have you? A clump might even be ok to plant now.
Thanks for writing, have fun collecting plants and seeds. I hope you are enjoying living in KY.