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PlantFiles: Tansy
Tanacetum vulgare 'Gold Sticks'

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

Category:
Herbs
Perennials

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Aromatic

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Flowers are good for cutting
Provides winter interest

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

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

Profile:

No positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Negative coriaceous 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.

Negative distantkin 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."

Neutral saya 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.



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