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Category: Herb

Type: Feverfew

Variety: Common

Family: Asteraceae

Botanical Name: Tanacetum parthenium

Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8,9,10

Growing Difficulty:  3

Soil PH:  6.0 to 6.7

Fertilizer Requirements:  None

Soil Type: Well-Draining, Sand Loam

Germination (days): 10 to 14

Soil Temp for Germination: 64-68°F

Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN, PART SHADE

Days to Maturity:  100 - 110     

Planting Depth:  1/4”

Distance Apart (in row):  12-18"

Row Spacing: 12 18"


Sowing Instructions


Starting Indoors


Growing Tips

These plants love a well-drained or sandy loam soil but will tolerate other soil types as well. You may begin direct sowing in your garden after danger of all frost has passed but may also start indoors for an earlier crop. Feverfew transplants well when allowed to acclimate to its growing temperature and environment prior to transplanting.

Keep the soil moist, but not overly saturated and your feverfew will do fine. Do not let your soil go for extended periods without watering though, as it will inhibit growth of your feverfew.

DO NOT PLANT IN VEGETABLE GARDENS or near other flowering plants that require bees for pollination. Feverfew is repellent of many insects, including bees. This makes feverfew a great plant for patio and poolside decoration but will be detrimental to your vegetable garden if planted among fruit or vegetable producing plants.

Culinary Uses

Italian chefs often use feverfew leaves as a garnish in dishes such as fried eggs. Chopped feverfew may also add a bitter yet aromatic flavor to many salads, soups, and sauces. You may also find that the leaves and flowers make a beautiful plate garnish.

Medicinal Uses

The Feverfew plant is a widely used medicinal plant that has been used for centuries to aid in many different medical ailments. Some of the medicinal benefits of this plant may help with/as: Fever Reducer, Menstrual Pain, Allergy Relief, Anti-Inflammatory, Arthritis Pain, Asthma Attacks, Dizziness, Nausea, infertility , Vomiting, Upset Stomach, and Tinnitus. Feverfew is commonly used as an Anti-Cancer herb, and cough suppressant.

When taken as a preventative medication, Feverfew has also been known to help those that suffer from Migraine Headaches. Many studies have been completed on Feverfew for the effects of migraine relief with positive effects reported.

Harvesting Crops

Feverfew is a second-year producer. You will want to harvest the plants flowers once they are in full bloom in the second year of growth. Make sure not to harvest more than a third of the plant at one time, otherwise the plant may die. Spray the plant with water the evening before harvest. Cut the stems with flowers leaving at least 4 inches for the plant to grow a second harvest later in the year.

We recommend using your feverfew fresh for many medicinal uses, but it may also be dried and stored for later use by laying flat and allowing to dry in a dry, dark, ventilated area.

Harvesting Seed

In the second year of growth, allow some of your plants to develop fully without harvesting the flowers. Once the blooms have died, harvest the plant, and spread your seeds in a cool dry area to fully dry. Once dried (1-3 weeks), store your seeds in an airtight container until next year.



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