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Tansy 'Gold Sticks'

Tanacetum vulgare

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tanacetum (TAN-uh-SEE-tum) (Info)
Species: vulgare (vul-GAIR-ee) (Info)
Cultivar: Gold Sticks




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 20, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Four states have declared this a noxious weed.

I found the species to be aggressively weedy, and I don't find it attractive enough to put in the time and energy it takes to control it while cultivating it. Getting rid of it wasn't too hard, though, through a combination of digging it out and spot-application of glyphosate herbicide.


On Mar 15, 2008, distantkin from Saint Cloud, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

Tanacetum vulgare is considered invasive by the Minnesota DNR
"Ecological Threat:

* Common tansy is wide spread across most northern United States and Canadian provinces.
* It is still cultivated in gardens and is common along roadsides and abandoned farmyards in northern Minnesota and along the north shore of Lake Superior. South sloping open areas are most vulnerable.
* It was introduced to the United States from Europe for medicinal and horticultural purposes.
* Common tansy is on the MDA Secondary noxious weeds list in Minnesota."


On Mar 6, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Goldsticks resembles T. vulgaris but the flowers are bigger and stems are longer and more stiff...good cutflowers.