Lacy leaves with clusters of small daisy-like flowers have a strong camphor smell and have been used historically to treat migraines, fevers, menstrual cramps, tension, lower blood pressure and aid digestion. There is some scientific evidence that drinking feverfew tea, or adding a few fresh leaves leaves to a sandwich everyday can for some people reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches.
No herb garden is complete without Feverfew. This bushy perennial is a must-have for fragrance, bright color, and pest-fighting abilities! When crushed, the leaves release a strong citrus scent. Heavenly! It also makes a nice filler in bouquets.
This herb does such a good job of repelling pests that rose growers often make it part of their planting. The daisies complement the rose blooms nicely in the garden. And Feverfew is a lovely addition to the cutting garden, doing double duty of discouraging destructive insects AND offering handsome daisies.
Bees avoid this plant, so if you have a family member with a bee allergy, it's an excellent choice for the edge of the patio, driveway, and other heavily trafficked areas.
Michigan Seeds grown on our farm Renegade Acres in Howell, MI!
|Botanical Name||Tanacetum parthenium|
|Min. Time to Germinate||7 Days|
|Max. Time to Germinate||2 Months|
|Depth to Sow Seeds||Surface Sow; press seeds gently into the soil to make good contact, but do not cover with any additional soil; these seeds require light to germinate|
|Growing Height||18-24 in. (45-60 cm)|
|Plant Spacing||15-18 in. (38-45 cm)|
|Hardiness||USDA Zone 5a: to -15F, USDA Zone 5b: to -10F, USDA Zone 6a: to -5F, USDA Zone 6b: to 0F, USDA Zone 7a: to 5F, USDA Zone 7b: to 10F, USDA Zone 8a: to 15F, USDA Zone 8b: to 20F, USDA Zone 9a: to 25F, USDA Zone 9b: to 30F|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Bloom Color||White/Near White|
|Bloom Time||Late Spring/Early Summer, Late Summer/Early Fall, Mid-Summer|
|Other Details||Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater, Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season|
|Soil pH Requirements||6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)|
|Days to Harvest||90-100|
|Propagation Methods||From seed; direct sow after last frost, From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall, From seed; sow indoors before last frost, From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse, From softwood cuttings|
|Seed Collecting||Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds|
|Seeds Per Pack||200|