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Tanacetum vulgare 'Isla Gold'

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

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

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.

Positive Jay3fer On May 18, 2009, Jay3fer from Toronto
Canada wrote:

Suckers like crazy, but they're easy enough to control. Dig up, replant if you want the babies or give them away (I hope propagation isn't prohibited, becuase this thing WANTS to spread!!!), because everybody will want a gorgeous plant like this.

Starting from nothing in March, it grows to resemble a big, loose shrub that many people have mistaken for a fern (in full sun?). Last year it went floppy, so I stuck a tomato cage over it in March and this year it is growing nicely into a graceful shape (it is now May and it mostly fills the cage).

Attracts beneficial insects, and the foliage fairly glows - it's the last thing I can see in my garden before the sun sets. Gorgeous as a backdrop for showier flowers in home-picked bouquets. The flowers aren't much, but tiny bugs love them.

This is definitely one of the plants I could not live without. Its beauty takes my breath away in my garden almost every single day.

Positive lakeshoredrive On Dec 31, 2008, lakeshoredrive from Chicago, IL wrote:

This is one of my favorite plants. It brightens any garden with a soft ferny texture and the small white daisy like flowers in summer are an extra bonus. It looks great with coneflower, catmint, and purple salvia but I like it best next to yarrow coronation gold.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phenix City, Alabama
Barrington, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Elgin, Illinois
Dracut, Massachusetts
Wyckoff, New Jersey
Boone, North Carolina
Weaverville, North Carolina
Enid, Oklahoma
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Lexington, Virginia
Stanwood, Washington

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