Tansy (Golden Buttons, Bitter Buttons, Mugwort)

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  • Common Name: Tansy (Golden Buttons, Bitter Buttons, Mugwort)
  • Latin Name: Tanacetum vulgare
  • Family Name: Asteraceae/Compositae

Tansy is TOXIC, containing thujone, which has been known to cause convulsions.  The leaves and flowers have been used as an insect repellent, and a chemical compound is produced in the leaves to prevent animals from grazing, so this is one to avoid. 

Tansy is closely related to Feverfew (which should also be avoided). 

N.B.  Do not confuse with Tansy Ragwort (Senecio jacobeae) or with Artemisia vulgaris which is also called Mugwort and is toxic.

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