Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Tenacetum vulgare
of the Daisy family
a perennail
80 -120 cm high
blooms July-September
likes grassy places, fields, hedgerows
can be seen by the Visitor Centre

The name of this plant comes from a Greek word meaning "immortality" - it was thought that drinking a tansy infusion led to eternal life. Much more down to earth is the culinary uses of the plant. The plant was used as a very spicy flavouring, especially with omelettes and cakes. Tansy cake was, until recently an Easter treat. It was also used by herbologists in a whole range of treatments from miscarriages to mouthwash.