Tanacetum ptarmiciflorum


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Plant type

Half-hardy annual

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


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Plant details

Grown for its lacy silver foliage, this tender perennial is often grown as an annual for summer bedding schemes. Daisy-like white flowers are borne in late summer. These can be removed to channel the plant's energy into the foliage. Found growing wild in the Canary Islands, it enjoys a sunny spot in well-drained soil. To propagate either sow seed early in the year or take cuttings in early summer for overwintering in a light, frost-free place.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Tanacetum

Species: ptarmiciflorum

Plant type: Half-hardy annual

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Silver

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 60cm

Spread: 40cm

Time to plant seeds: February to March

Time to divide plants: March to April

Time to take cuttings: July to August

Time to plant: May to June

Flowering period: July to September

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