It is not only a lovely ornamental herb, but it has medicinal value as well. It is easily grown from herb seeds, and it is a hardy perennial with deeply cut leaves and lovely daisy-like blooms that measure 3/4 inch across. It is native to Southern Europe, but today it can be found in many areas of the world. A synonymous botanical name is Tanacetum Parthenium.
The plant will thrive in the poorest soils. It prefers a position in full sun as the plant sometimes is susceptible to mildew in the shade. Roots prefer not to be waterlogged, so soil that drains wells is a must. Propagation of the plant can be both from herb seeds or by root division. Flowers are nice for cutting and may be dried face down on a flat surface and used in potpourri.
Useful gardening information
Seeds can be started indoors 4 - 6 weeks before the last frost is expected and transplanted outdoors in the garden. Or, for areas with a long growing season, after frost danger has passed, prepare a seedbed and directly plant the herb seeds outdoors.
The plants should be spaced about 24 inches apart.
Links to useful information on the web:
Feverfew herbal remedies
Feverfew and Migraine
HR134 Feverfew ( Chrysanthemum Parthenium )
A native American herb with sprays of 1" single white daisy
like flowers with yellow centers.
Feverfew is a medicinal herb with a long history of use. The leaves are dried and used as an herbal remedy for migraine headaches. The Feverfew herb contains parthenolide which can relieve mild spasms and is an anti-inflammatory. Some people take it to relieve the pain of rheumatoid arthritis.
A perennial plant for zones 5-8.
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