|Tansy blooms dried are|
popularly used in arrangments and wreaths.
Tansy Tanacetum vulgare – known as Ponso in Spanish. Hill and Barclay, authors of Southern Herb Growing explain it grows 3-4 feet, “is best grown in full sun, ordinary soil and likes to keep its feet dry.” It “spreads by means of rhizomes like the mints although it’s not as invasive.” The camphor fragrant evergreen fern like foliage has bright yellow flowers all summer. The button like flowers can be used as a dye and are used dried in arrangements.
Author Lesley Bremmess of the The Complete Book of Herbs recommends growing it near fruit trees to repel insects. It has been said it was used in medieval times as one of the strewing herbs, strewn on the floor and walked on to repel flies and ants.
Interesting to Note
• Tansy is a larval plant for the Painted Lady Butterfly.
• In The Language of Flowers, TANSY symbolizes everlasting life.
|Vetiver shown in pots in the greenhouse. Vetiver does well in our |
southern landscape. Cut back in the spring.
Vetiver makes a great clumping grass and is grown for its root. It is said to repel ants and termites and good to plant around buildings.
The fragrant root is used in:
- sachets and
I have instructions on making a rosemary angel that utilizes the Vetiver leaves for the arms, head and body. I bet these would be fun to make and smell delightful.
My mother has it growing in full sun at South Padre Island. It looks similar to pampas grass and does well here in South Texas. I'll have to get a picture of hers and share it with you.