A plant of the daisy family with yellow flat-topped flower heads and aromatic leaves, formerly used in cooking and medicine.
Genus Tanacetum, family Compositae: several species, in particular the common Eurasian T. vulgare‘Plant tansy or basil around the patio and house to repel mosquitoes.’
- ‘It is home to hundreds of species of wildflowers and grasses - including the tansy, meadowsweet, poppy, vetch and marigold - a host of butterflies, insects and beetles, and birds of prey such as the owl and kestrel.’
- ‘Many herbs can help to deter flies, such as lavender, sweet woodruff, lemon verbena, star anise, tansy, any of the mints, rosemary, bay, chamomile, rue, elder, southernwood and basil.’
- ‘This is how you pull tansy: plant your feet wide, bend your knees at a 90-degree angle, grasp the trunk of the tansy ragwort plant near the base, take a deep breath, and pull with everything you've got.’
- ‘Another flavouring agent was alecost, Chrysanthemum balsamita, a plant from western Asia related to tansy which was brought to England sometime in the sixteenth century.’
Middle English from Old French tanesie, probably from medieval Latin athanasia ‘immortality’, from Greek.