I have a love/hate relationship with Tansy. As an extremely invasive plant, I pull about 95% of them. The other 5%, I let grow in clumps away from the gardens. I see why some states prohibit the planting of this golden-faced button. I believe they would grow through concrete.
A few interesting facts; Tansy was used as an embalming herb and used to preserve meat. It was also used to deter pests. In Greek, it means immortality. This made me laugh, you should see what I have done to try to get rid of this, it truly is immortal. Zeus was said to have made Ganymede immortal by giving the latter Tansy on Mount Olympus. Of course, its not recommended for us normal folks 😊
The rendering above was created by Elizabeth Blackwell. She is my favorite botanical illustrator besides my friend, Darren. I did straighten, and clean up some of the harsh lines leaving much of the patina of the aged print.
Below are a few of the tansy I have sprinkled around my property.
Click on the link below to download the tansy illustration. Great to use for art, junk journals, or craft projects.
Have a wonderful week!