Feverfew's great medicinal potential is evident by its name, which is derived from the Latin phrase meaning "fever reducer". Feverfew has a long history as a medicinal herb used for fever and headache relief. This hardy perennial's anti inflammatory action is caused by the active compound, parthenolide, found in the plant's flowers and leaves. An antispasmodic, this natural inhibitor opens constricted blood vessels, easing pressure to the head and in joints. Studies conducted by the Maryland Medical Center show that Feverfew is actually effective at relieving migraines and minor headaches.
As an ornamental herb, the small yellow and white daisy-like flowers cover feverfew plants in summer and will last a long time in a vase. Strong smelling of citrus, this aromatic perennial self sows easily in the garden. Related to the sunflower family, this lower growing herb will spread vigorously if left unchecked in the garden. Also a cousin to Pyrethrum, Feverfew shares the same natural insect repelling qualities because it contains the same natural chemical, pyrethrin. Feverfew is known to repel moths, cockroaches, flies, ants, mosquitoes, mites, bedbugs and mice!
These wonderful plants are not only lovely to look at but they are deliciously fragrant. Just cut them and arrange casually in a vase for a great summer look! Feverfew can be planted in full sun to part shade and will grow 24-36" tall.
Characteristics: Feverfew is a very aromatic perennial with small daisy-like flowers. It is very easy to grow and great for beginners.
Light: Plant your Feverfew in full sun for maximum health.
Water: Water when dry to the touch, avoiding over watering.
Soil: Feverfew will flourish in well-draining soil of average quality.
Use: Feverfew earned its name for its ability to ease fever and its overall effect on the immune system. Feverfew is also used to ease pain and swelling from insect bites. Also a great natural insect repellent because it contains the natural chemical, pyrethrin, a characteristic that it shares with its cousin, Pyrethrum.
Extras: Feverfew self-sows freely; deadhead spent flowers to prevent volunteer seedlings next season.