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Tanacetum parthenium

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Feverfew is a short-lived, bushy perennial that has become naturalized in much of North America. It has fragrant, ferny foliage and composite white flowers with yellow centers. It is often grown as an annual. The cultivar ‘Aureum’ has a dwarf habit, smaller flowers, and golden aromatic foliage. Other cultivars have double flowers, yellow flowerheads, or pompom-like flowerheads.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsDaisy-like flowers appear over a long period in summer. Feverfew has been used to treat toothache, arthritis, headaches, and (obviously) fever. Contact with the foliage may aggravate skin allergies.

CareWill tolerate most any soil except wet and heavy, but prefers well-drained, sandy soil in full sun.

PropagationSow seed at 50-55°F in late winter or early spring. Divide plants or root basal cuttings in spring. Insert softwood cuttings in early summer. Self-seeds prolifically.

ProblemsAphids, chrysanthemum nematode, leaf miners.

  • Genus : Tanacetum
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Fragrant Foliage, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White, Yellow

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