Feverfew

I adore the sunny charisma and herbal value of feverfew, but it can deter beneficial pollinators. Plant it far from flowering fruit trees, or use it to repel bees from outdoor living spaces.


Common Name: Feverfew
Scientific Name: Tanacetum parthenium
Family: Asteraceae


Feverfew flowers bring bring instant happiness to the unsuspecting onlooker.

Feverfew flowers bring bring instant happiness to the unsuspecting onlooker.

Uses

  • Bee repellant
  • Crushed stem makes yellow dye
  • Shelter for beneficial hoverflies
  • Medicinal

Medicinal Properties

  • alleviates headaches
  • alleviates general aches and pains
  • reduces fever

Forest Garden Designing

  • Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
  • Plant Leaf Type: Deciduous
  • Layer Use: Herbaceous, groundcover
  • Pollination: Deters bees; attracts hoverflies
  • Flowering: June-October
  • Leaf Shape: simple, lobed or unlobed; serrated edge of leaf blade
  • Height: 1-3′
  • Width: 1-3′

Planting Considerations

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Light: Full-part sun
  • Shade: Tolerates light shade
  • Moisture: Requires good drainage
  • pH: 6.1-7.5

Propagation

Seed, root division, cuttings.

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