Tanacetum

Origin

A flower with a rich medical history, also known under the name Mutterkraut (mother herb). The name Tanacetum is derived from the Greek word ‘Athanasia’ what translated means immortal. This name probably refers to the plant long flowering period or the medical use of the plant. The plant used to have several medical applications, also the name Mutterkraut is a reference to this medical use.

In Greece Dioscorides (doctor and botanist) used Tanacetum to treat arthritis and to generate contractions. Culpeter, a botanist and herbalist from the 17th century in England, used it against headache and to strengthen the uterus. In the 18th century, various herbalist also used it to treat migraine. People thought that the plant was purifying air and expelled diseases. Tanacetum originally grew in southeastern of Europe, better known as the Balkans area. From there the plant made her march to northern Europe. Certain species from the Tanacetum family still grows here, especially in urban areas in abandoned fields.

Symbolism

Immortal, from the Greek word Athanasia, is also the symbolism of this flower. The religious symbolism of this flower is truth and protection.

Colors, availability and Design suggestions

Tanacetum is year-round available, and the most common colors are white and yellow. The flowers are mainly used as filling material in bouquets. You rarely see a bouquet of only Tanacetum.

Luckily the flowers combine effortlessly, for example with Gerbera, Hydrangea, Craspedia, and Delphinium. The flower also fits in seasonal bouquets with for example peonies and tulips. Some other combinations:
• Tanacetum, Alchemilla, Ranunculus, Cornflower and Garden Rose.
• Tanacetum, Dianthus, and Gyps.
• Tanacetum, Astille, Chrysanthemum, Hydrangea and Silver Brunia
• Tanacetum, Dahlia, Crocosmia, Helenium, and Sanguisorba

Shop care tips

Check the flowers when you receive them, stems must be thin and green. Check the white flowers for any damage. Cut with a clean and sharp knife and put the flowers on water.