Tanacetum, Gold Leaf Tansy 'Isla Gold'

Tanacetum vulgare

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




Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage



Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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:


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


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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

Greenville, South Carolina

Lexington, Virginia

Stanwood, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

Four states have declared this species 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 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, b... read more


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.