Feverfew


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Common Name: Feverfew
Botanical Name: Tanacetum parthenium (Chrysanthemum parthenium) (tan-a-SEE-tum par-THEEN-ee-um)
Decorative Life: 5-10 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food solution.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Asteraceae or Compositae (aster family).
  • Native to Southeastern Europe.
  • Common family members include dahlia, cosmos, marigold, zinnia, lettuce and strawflower.
Personality:
  • Small flower heads up to 1 inch across with one row of ray flowers and a center of disk flowers, at branch stem ends.
  • Stems branched, leafy, up to 20-28 inches long.
  • Plant is a herbaceous perennial, classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
  • Has very aromatic foliage but the flowers are not fragrant.
Availability: Summer through fall.
Flower Color: White with yellow center.
Storage Specifics: 36-41F up to 4 days in water.
Tidbits:
  • These attractive white and yellow, daisy-like flowers compliment most floral bouquets, and when dried, can be made into tea or tincture and ingested as a pain buffer.
  • Feverfew contains niacin, iron and vitamins A and C, and is thought to contain aspirin-like qualities.
  • Eating feverfew leaves every day may prevent or lessen migraine headaches by slowly reducing the associated smooth muscle spasms.
  • Dried leaves in sachets may deter moths, an infusion of leaves and flowers is a mild sedative.
  • Chrysanthemum: Greek for golden flower. The Compositae or aster family is vast, with over 20,000 species, and is also one of the most developed families. It was named Compositae because the flowers are actually a "composite" of many individual flowers into one head. Hence, when children pull one "petal" off at a time, saying "she/he loves me, loves me not", they are actually removing a complete flower, not just a petal.
Picture of Feverfew Feverfew
Common Name: Feverfew
Botanical Name: Tanacetum parthenium (Chrysanthemum parthenium) (tan-a-SEE-tum par-THEEN-ee-um)
Decorative Life: 2-3 weeks depending on interior environment.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Full sunlight or as much as possible under interior environments.
  • Not nearly as robust in postharvest keeping qualities as its very close relative, the common florist chrysanthemum.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Asteraceae or Compositae (aster family).
  • Native to Southeastern Europe.
  • Common relatives include dahlia, cosmos, marigold, zinnia and lettuce.
Personality:
  • Small flower heads up to 1 inch across with one row of ray flowers and a center of disk flowers, at branched stem ends.
  • Stems branched, leafy.
  • Plant is a herbaceous perennial, classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
  • Flowers are not fragrant but have aromatic foliage.
Availability: Summer to year-round.
Flower Color: White with yellow center.
Storage Specifics: No data available but likely just a few days in the mid to low 30s.
Tidbits:
  • Feverfew contains niacin, iron and vitamins A and C, and is thought to contain aspirin-like qualities.
  • Eating feverfew leaves every day may prevent or lessen migraine headaches by slowly reducing the associated smooth muscle spasms.
  • Will generally do well in light levels at least bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort but more light would be better. Dried leaves in sachets may deter moths, an infusion of leaves and flowers is a mild sedative. Some favorite cultivars and their respective flower colors include 'Santana' (white).
  • Chrysanthemum: Greek for golden flower. The Compositae or aster family is vast, with over 20,000 species, and is also one of the most developed families. It was named Compositae because the flowers are actually a "composite" of many individual flowers into one head. Hence, when children pull one "petal" off at a time, saying "she/he loves me, loves me not", they are actually removing a complete flower, not just a petal.