Tanacetum parthenium, Feverfew
Clusters of small white, yellow eyed, daisy flowers. The leaf is mid green, lobed and divided with lightly serrated edges. Culinary; young leaves in salads or with cheese, they have a bitter flavour.
• Hardiness: H6 (-15 to -20C)
• Type: Herbaceous Perennial
• Height: up to 1.2m
• Spread: 45cm
• Soil type: Loam, Sand, Free Draining
• pH: Universal pH
• Habit: Clump
• Flowering colour: White
• Flowering time: Summer
• Uses: Culinary & Medicinal (Read Jekka's Guide To Culinary Herbs and Jekka's Guide to Medicinal Herbs for more information)
• Attracts pollinators: No
• Container suitability: Yes
• UK native: No
• Caution: Wear gloves when handling as the flowers can cause minor skin rashes.
• Indoor Sowing: In early spring, into prepared plug trays or pots, cover with perlite. Bottom heat, 18°C, aids germination.
• Outdoor Sowing: In early summer, into a light, fertile, well-drained soil, sunny and open site.
• Propagation: Division
• Maintenance: (Read Jekka's Blogs on Early Spring, Late Spring and Autumn maintenance)
• Harvest: N/A
As its common name suggests, feverfew was once used to treat fevers, due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Nowadays, it is probably better-known as a remedy for headaches and in particular, migraine. Research on feverfew’s benefit in migraine followed on from the discovery of its successful use by a GP’s wife who had been troubled with these for 50 years, and research has confirmed this herb’s benefit. Feverfew’s anti-inflammatory property also means that it is ofthen regarded as beneficial for arthritis especially when it is in the active phase.
Caution: Avoid in pregnancy. Fresh leaves may cause mouth ulcers.
Please note: The information provided here is for educational interest only and is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat significant health problems. Any serious or long-term health concerns should always be discussed with a healthcare professional.
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At Jekka’s we sell herbs in 1 Ltr and 2 Ltr pots. These are established and hardy herb plants that are grown following organic principals and to survive the UK climate. Please read Jekka's blog that contains her top steps to growing on your herbs.
If you think your herbs need a little more attention we always recommend an environmentally friendly solution, and these are Jekka's top three:
- Maxicrop liquid seaweed: 'Feed on Fridays' as Jekka always says for all round good plant health.
- SB Invigorator: a safe and effective insecticide and fungicide to help control a wide range of pest species
- Epsom salts: the horticultural equivalent of what you put in your bath to top up magnesium and stop orange leaves.
One of our three core roots is that we are Environmentally Conscious and for the past 30 years all the herbs grown at Jekka’s have been raised following sustainable, environmentally friendly and organic approaches resulting in a remarkable biodiversity at the herb farm.
Our herb seeds are also untreated and can be used to grow organic herb plants.