Tansy - Tanacetum vulgare


Medium to tall, strongly aromatic plant to 1.5 metres, patch forming, almost hairless. Leaves pinnately lobed with lanceolate toothed segments, deep green, the uppermost unstalked. Flowerheads yellow, 7 to 12 mm, button like, rayless, in large, rather flat topped clusters.

Identification difficulty

Waste places, roadsides, rough grassland and embankments.

When to see it

July to September.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly frequent throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 86 of the 617 tetrads

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map