Feverfew is part of the Tanacetum genus and its scientific name is Tanacetum parthenium.
Feverfew has a strongly bitter smell and taste. It is used by herbalists for a variety of ailments, including migraines. It self-sows easily and should be cut back to 1" each spring before growth begins.
Also great as a houseplant (places on window sills) to help prevent flying insects
*CAUTION: Feverfew should not be used during pregnancy because of the stimulant action on the womb. The fresh leaves may cause mouth ulcers in sensitive people. *It is a herb that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Feverfew is known for its forb habit and growing to a height of approximately 30.0 cm (11.7 inches). This plant tends to bloom in late summer, followed by first harvests in late summer. This plant is a great attractor for butterflies, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Feverfew is a great choice.
Spain is believed to be where Feverfew originates from.
Typically, Feverfew is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.
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Prefers full sun, well drained soil (although will tolerate most soils), and low-moderate water (don’t overwater).
Feverfew requires light to germinate so don’t cover seeds with soil.
Can plant outside in early spring when soil is cool or start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost.
Gather entire plant in bloom, dry for later use.1
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Feverfew so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Feverfew so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Feverfew plants:
Legend states that feverfew saved the life of someone who fell off the Parthenon in Greece, giving it the Latin name “parthenium.”
Feverfew was planted around houses in old England, possibly during the plague, believing it would purify the air. The name parthenion means “girl” in Greek, given for its use as a gynecological herb.
Feverfew Leaf, Tanacetum parthenium, Bachelor's Button, Compositae, Featherfew, Featherfoi, Febrifuge Plant, Pyrethrum, Wild Chamomile
Misspellings: Fever Few, Fever-few
13 Feb 2012
gets rid of my migrane ….grows amazingly well and is cheerful to look at
Feverfew care instructions
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