Growing and Saving Seed Of Feverfew


Latin name Tanacetum parthenium is a tender perennial member of the Asteraceae, or daisy, family. Perfect cut flower (with longer stemmed varieties) or landscaping plant. Ideal for borders, mass planting and containers, the long-lasting blooms are abundant and fill in a space with tufts of subtle color. A beautiful medicinal plant, traditionally used to treat headache. Grown as an annual in most zones and perennial from USDA zones 5-9.


 

HISTORY

Native to Eurasia. Mentioned by Dioscorides in the first century AD as an anti-inflammatory plant.

USES

  • Ornamental.
  • Borders, containers, landscaping, cut flower production.
  • Traditional medicinal plant.

 

 


 

 

  • Seeds germinate in 10-14 days. Surface sow seeds and gently press into soil, as light aids germination.
  • Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before transplanting out after last frost has passed, or direct seed after last frost.
  • Ideal germination temperature is 70-75 F.

 

  • Plants prefer full sun.
  • Provide well-drained soil.
  • Space plants 8-12 inches apart.
  • Cut flower stalks to encourage continued blooming.

PESTS/SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

  • Aphids can be a pest of feverfew; treat with organic insecticidal soap.

 

  • Allow the flowerheads to mostly dry on the stem, then remove and spread out to finish drying in a protected location away from direct sunlight.
  • Thresh the heads to remove the seed, and store it in a cool, dry place.