Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
Tanacetum parthenium (Chrysanthemum parthenium) (kri-SAN-the-mum par-THEEN-ee-um)
white with a yellow center
Form and Size:
The branched and leafy stems of feverfew are 20 28 inches long with small daisy-like flowers at the stem ends.
7 10 days
Remove any leaves at the bottom of the stem, cut under water and place in fresh water with flower food.
History and Usage:
A member of the Compositae (aster) family, feverfew originated in southeastern Europe. It has natural aspirin-like abilities. When a person who has migraine headaches regularly chews the leaves of feverfew daily, it is said to prevent or lessen the pain. Dried feverfew that is tied with a ribbon and hung on a dresser or closet door will deter moths.
Points of Interest:
Relatives of feverfew include dahlia, cosmos, marigold, zinnia and lettuce. Victorians used feverfew to express the sentiment You light up my life! It is also associated with health and happiness. The foliage gives off a nice aroma.