General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Plant Height: 12-18'' some taller
Plant Spread: 12-14''
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Other info: self sows to extreme suggest dead heading most plants
Pollinators: Self
Flies
Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

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Common names
  • Feverfew
  • Pale Maids
  • Pellitory
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Tanacetum parthenium
  • Synonym: Pyrethrum parthenium
  • Synonym: Chrysanthemum parthenium
  • Synonym: Matricaria parthenium

Photo Gallery
Location: Garden 2
Date: 2013-07-15
Thousands of daisies hung together on dome shaped perfumed leaves
Location: Twisp
Location: Ankara, Turkey
Date: 2017-07-09
Location: Flowery Branch, GA
Date: 2020-03-09
Location: Denver, Colorado
Date: July
Clusters of blooms with a refreshing scent. Great in tea.
Location: Heathcote Ontario Canada
Date: June-July
Chrysanthemum parthenium 'Balls Double White'
Location: Zone 5b, Chicago suburbs
Date: June 2021

Date: 2016-10-18
Location: Denver, Colorado
Date: July
These tiny daisy-like flowers are eye-catchers with their very ne
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2009-08-15
Location: Butterfield Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Date: 2022-08-18
Location: Chicago
Date: 2020-06-22
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-10-26
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2013-06-28
Location: Garden 2
Date: 2013-07-15
Reliable companion as always!
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2011-07-13
Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2015-04-11

Date: 2020-04-28
Location: Twisp
Date: September
Location: KALAMA WA
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Date: 2012-06-22

Date: 2016-09-08
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-03-28

Courtesy Outsidepride
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Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 4000-06-26
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-10-26
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2015-07-02
Location: Garden 2
Date: 2013-07-15
The more is the better.
Location: Garden 2
Date: 2013-07-15
Tanacetum makes everything around it look and feel sophisticated
Location: in my garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2013-06-02
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-05-08
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2015-07-16
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2015-06-25
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2015-06-22
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2015-05-11
Location: KALAMA WA
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Location: KALAMA WA
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Courtesy of Diane's Flower Seeds
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 2015-05-03
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2014-08-15
Location: Lenore, ID
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 4000-06-26
Location: My garden near Lincoln UK
Date: 2010-06-29
This sets around my garden, if it likes the location it will make
Location: home, Zone 7A NC
Date: 2011-12-08
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-08-26
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-08-26
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-08-26
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-08-26
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2011-07-13
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2011-07-13
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2011-07-13

Date: 2012-06-14
Location: Medieval ruin, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2013-06-08
Location: Washington
Date: 2016-07-02
Location: Medieval ruin, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2013-06-08

photo credit: H. Zell

Date: 2014-06-29

Photo by Leo Michels

Date: 2014-06-29
Location: Northern NJ
Date: 2016-07-16 
My first Feverfew!

Date: 2012-06-22

Date: 2012-06-22
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2010-06-14
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2010-06-14
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2015-06-12

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
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Courtesy Seeds of Victoria
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2014-08-15
Location: In my Northern California garden
Date: 2013-06-25

 Photo Courtesy of Select Seeds. Used with permission.
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Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2014-09-02
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Comments:
  • Posted by JaeRae (Zone 5b, WI - Zone 5a) on Dec 2, 2011 7:29 PM concerning plant:
    As a perennial gardener I adore Feverfew. I plant so that I have season long blooms of all kinds and these come up in between and pick up spaces that happen between bouts of other plantings. They are prolific self-seeders, nice 'surprises', and easy to remove if they pop up where not desired.
  • Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 28, 2014 4:43 AM concerning plant:
    I also have a love affair with this plant, maybe because it has an old-fashioned look to it. Also, I had read that it does something helpful for the soil, so I just keep growing it. In my zone I can start some plants in fall and will get great early-spring blooms. Brightens up the garden when nothing else is in bloom. Even though it reseeds, it is definitely not invasive. Unusual scent, a bit like marigolds.
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Sep 16, 2014 3:57 PM concerning plant:
    Feverfew is a reliable self-seeder for me and will pop up not only where I have originally planted it, but also in other areas of the garden. Unless it is obviously overcrowding other plantings, it adds a jolly splash of little white daisies for contrast. It will also tolerate some shade. To keep plants from becoming leggy, they may be sheared back by half at about 12" tall and fertilized. Eating one leaf per day may prevent migraine headaches, and may also be helpful for as a carminative, emmenagogue, purgative, stimulant, bitter tonic, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, and vermifuge.

    Folklore: Feverfew must be pulled from the ground with the left hand, speaking the afflicted person's name, and the herbalist must not look behind him/her.

    It is also a deterrent to many bugs, and as can be seen by many of the photos submitted, is a nice foil to roses.
  • Posted by lovesblooms (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Feb 3, 2015 9:00 AM concerning plant:
    Did not bloom first year from winter sowing, but foliage is still green here in winter.
Plant Events from our members
lovesblooms On May 31, 2015 Bloomed
1st bloom from 2014 winter sown plants
dnrevel On March 13, 2021 Seeds germinated
One of the first if the winter sowed to sprout. Great!
dnrevel On January 3, 2021 Seeds sown
Winter Sowed 1-2-21. Seed via member on FB Winter Sowers group.
antsinmypants On June 18, 2022 Bloomed
antsinmypants On May 16, 2021 Transplanted
Into flower garden two
antsinmypants On May 15, 2021 Obtained plant
2021 Chicagoland Annual Plant Swap - Type 1
2021 Chicagoland Annual Plant Swap - Type 2
MrsBinWY On July 3, 2022 Transplanted
On 7-3-2022, planted 1 from Jutta at east end of the woods shed
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