Tansy is a flowering herb that has various medical properties.
Smallfolk in the Seven Kingdoms sometimes name girls after the flower.
A strong dose of tansy can cause a pregnant woman to lose her child, so it is one of the key ingredients in moon tea, also called tansy tea.
Grand Maester Orwyle, disguised as "Old Wyl", mixed potions of tansy and pennyroyal for the prostitutes from Mother's, a brothel in King's Landing, to abort unwanted children.
Among the flowers picked by Chett for Bessa were tansy.
A Storm of Swords
As Lord Hoster Tully lies dying, he repeats the word "Tansy" and asks forgiveness. Catelyn Stark thinks her father is referring to a woman with that name, but in actuality Hoster is recalling the tansy tea he forced his other daughter Lysa to drink to abort her child with Petyr Baelish.
Brown Bernarr brings bags of tansy and other herbs during the great ranging.
Behind the Scenes
Tansy is a real life natural abortifacient.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 2, Catelyn I.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 80, Sansa VII.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 24, Bran II.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Prologue.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 33, Samwell II.
- ↑ So Spake Martin: A Myriad of Questions, March 27, 2002