Tansy Tanacetum vulgare L. (Chrysanthemum vulgare (L.) Bernh.)
Tansy is a perennial herbaceous plant of the Compositae family. The rootstock is horizontally, branched, short with many roots. The stem is up to 1 m high, slightly ruddy, sometimes reddish. The leaves are teapoperes, consecutive, dark green on top, lighter on the bottom. Leaves are oblong. The flower baskets are golden-yellow, with a flat convex bottom, only with tubular flowers collected in inflorescences. Blooms in the summer. The whole plant has a strong camphorous unpleasant odor.
In Bulgaria, the tirade occurs in the grassy places, between the bushes, on the rocky slopes, along the rivers often as a weed.
The top stones together with the flowers (Herba Tanaceti) and only the flower baskets (Flores Tanaceti) are used.
Time for harvesting stems and flower baskets is June - August. The stems are harvested by cutting the upper rounded part of the stems during flowering. And the flower baskets are picked at the beginning of the blossom by cutting off at their branches.
Tansy is used in medicine as an antiseptic and antispasmodic agent, and in large quantities is poisonous. It is applied externally to soles of the feet and to wash the hair on the road. National insecticidal agent.
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