Common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

Common tansy is a perennial plant with button-like flowers. It is an occasional garden escape.


How does this weed affect you?

Common tansy will compete against desirable plants with its extensive, spreading root system and it ability to produce a large amount of seed.

What does it look like?

Common tansy is a perennial plant to 1.5 m high. Bright yellow button-like flowers with a flat top grow in clusters. 


Richardson F.J.,Richardson R.G. and Shepherd R.C.H (2006).Weeds of the south-east an identification guide for Australia. (R.G. and F.J. Richardson, Melbourne).

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Herbicide options

Contact your local council weeds officer for control advice for Common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare).

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Biosecurity duty

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Biosecurity Act 2015 and its subordinate legislation, and the Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans (published by each Local Land Services region in NSW). It describes the state and regional priorities for weeds in New South Wales, Australia.

Area Duty
All of NSW General Biosecurity Duty
All plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant, who knows (or ought to know) of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.

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Reviewed 2014