Feverfew Plants and Herbs – Profile, Growing Conditions and Uses
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium syn. Chrysanthemum parthenium)
One of the interesting insect repellent and medicinal is herbs Feverfew, the botanical name is Tanacetum parthenium. It is used by some gardeners are a natural insect and pest repellent. The Pyrethrum in Feverfew has insect repellent properties the smell itself repels insects however it is said to repel bees as well, and bees are the good guys. Limited planting around a vegetable patch may be worth experimenting with.
Like many herbs Feverfew is said to have a few medicinal properties, most not proven. It is used to make a tea, said to prevent (or Cure) migraines. It was also used by the Greeks as an arthritis remedy amongst other things.
It is also said to lower blood pressure, relieve muscle pain, and stimulate the appetite.
Folk lore says that planted around the house it will purify the air. This probably comes from the insect repellent properties. Plant it beneath a garden bench to keep the mosquitos away.
Grows well in full sun in a humus rich well drained soil, tends to self seed so deadhead if you do not want it to spread.
White daisy like flowers with golden yellow centre and ferny foliage make this an attractive garden plant and widely used in cottage gardens.
Feverfew plants are available for sale from the following nurseries
Medicinal, Teas and Kitchen Herbs. Edible plants, scented and ornamentals.
Wide range of perennial edibles and medicinals, berries, fruit and unusual food plants, by mail order.