Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)

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Botanical names:
Tanacetum parthenium Accepted
Matricaria parthenium Synonym
Chrysanthemum parthenium Synonym
Pyrethrum parthenium Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
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
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Thousands of daisies hung together on dome shaped perfumed leaves

Cottage Gardening - The Art of ChaosCottage Gardening - The Art of Chaos
By threegardeners on July 20, 2011

There is no secret to having a beautiful Cottage Garden. The main "rule" is to simply let the plants decide what they want to do. Here are some visual hints meant to inspire you.

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Posted by JaeRae (Zone 5b, WI - Zone 5a) on Dec 2, 2011 7:29 PM

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.

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Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 28, 2014 4:43 AM

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.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Sep 16, 2014 3:57 PM

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.

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Posted by lovesblooms (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Feb 3, 2015 9:00 AM

Did not bloom first year from winter sowing, but foliage is still green here in winter.

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