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Growing Feverfew: Migraines? … this flower will end all that.

A jolly plant which self-sows freely. I let it grow here and there, much like johnny jump-up, or yank it out if it doesn’t ‘fit’ where it chose to grow. It’s a great white filler, particulary around new plants which haven’t reached their full size. A good combo is a swath of feverfew growing under a honeysuckle meandering along the top of my 3-board fence. My feverfew blooms from June-July, I cut it back to about 4″, then get another bloom from Sept-Nov. One of the last flowers hanging in during the fall. And yes, it is a great medicinal herb.

  • Common Names
  • Feverfew
  • Botanical Name
  • Tanacetum parthenium
  • Family


Growing Feverfew – Gardening Basics

Tanacetum parthenium by mgarr

Flore Pleno is a popular variety of Feverfew, which belongs to the Tanacetum genus (Tanacetum parthenium ‘Flore Pleno’). This variety is a Herb that typically grows as an Perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Flore Pleno is known for its Forb habit and growing to a height of approximately 30.0 cm (11.7 inches).

Flore Pleno Feverfew is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

*I start some in pots in early spring…on a windowsill or in the greenhouse. Early spring being March in my book.

*I sow in pots of loamy soil…sprinkle a few of the dinky seeds onto the surface of the soil and tap the bottom to settle the seeds…use a fine mist spray to water them…pouring may dislodge the seeds. Don’t cover the seeds with soil as they need light to germinate.

*Keep the pot somewhere sunny…like a greenhouse or window sill.

*Don’t put them out until they are fairly tall…like about 15cm+

*If you fancy you can outside directly where you want them, do this in mid spring. Beginning of April is good.

UK – purchase feverfew seeds

US – purchase feverfew seed


Important Growing Information:

DAYS TO GERMINATION:You should see some groovy germination action in about two weeks.

SOWING:Plant or thin out the seedlings to around 15 inches apart.

LIGHT PREFERENCE: Make sure you sow/plant them in a sunny spot.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS: not keen on consistently damp soil.




Flower Arrangements

Tanacetum parthenium

Pretty white and yellow flowers on a midsized bush make this a garden favorite, medicinal uses or no.

This is a great cut flower. Its sprays of little daisy-like flowers are wonderful filler for bouquets.


Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Feverfew

  • Medicinal Uses: * Allergies * Headache/Migraine * Insect Repellent * Lupus * Parasites/worms
  • Properties: * Analgesic * Anti-inflammatory * Circulation * Febrifuge * Insect repellents
  • Parts Used: arial parts
  • Constituents: sesquiterpene lactones (including parthenolide and santamarine), volatile oil, tannins

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  • Feverfew inhibits platelet aggregating in the bloodstream, thus preventing blockage of small capillaries. This action is one of the reasons behind feverfew’s popularity in treatment of migraines. It has a mild tranquilizing effect and is especially good forheadaches caused by tension or fatigue. Feverfew has been used in the treatment of headaches since the first century. It has also been used for inflammation, arthritis, menstrual discomforts, fever, and other aches and pains.

    Preparation Methods & Dosage :Dried and fresh herb, skin washes, tincture, capsules. Many feverfew products are standardized to a specific parthenolide content, but a holistic approach is to use the whole herb – the fresher the better. If you are not allergic to ragweed, this is a great herb to grow and use fresh. (It grows freely along my back garden fence) Unfortunately, many folks are allergic, and should always take feverfew in the form of encapsulated freeze-dried herb. Feverfew is a bitter herb for tea, and not one you would drink just for the pleasure. To prevent headaches chew 2 or 3 fresh leaves per day. To make a flea rinse for your pet, pour boiling water over the fresh herbs and let stand until completely cooled. Strain and apply wetting the fur and skin thoroughly. Do not towel dry or rinse.

    NOTE:  Feverfew Side Effects: Avoid feverfew if you are allergic to plants in the ragweed family. The fresh leaves can cause mouth ulcers, discontinue use if this occurs . Not to be used while pregnant.


This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner.

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