Stem. - Two to four feet high. Leaves. - Divided into toothed leaflets. Flower-heads. - Yellow, composed of tiny flowers which are nearly, if not all, tubular in shape; borne in flat-topped clusters.
With the name of tansy we seem to catch a whiff of its strong-scented breath and a glimpse of some New England homestead beyond whose borders it has strayed to deck the roadside with its deep yellow, flat-topped flower-clusters. The plant has been used in medicine since the Middle Ages, and in more recent times it has been gathered by the country people for "tansy wine" and " tansy tea." In the Roman Church it typifies the bitter herbs which were to be eaten at the Paschal season; and cakes made of eggs and its leaves are called "tansies," and eaten during Lent. It is also frequently utilized in more secular concoctions.
The common name is supposed to be a corruption of the Greek word for immortality.
Plate LX. Tansy. - T.vulgare