Feverfew: Chrysanthemum Parthenium
Feverfew is a perennial that grows to about 18-24″ tall, with white and gold flowers that resemble daisies.
Feverfew has many uses including medical, dietary, and ornamental. Feverfew is also said to have insect repelling properties, making it a great addition to any herb harden.
The leaves of the feverfew plant, contain a compound known as “parthenolide”, which has many medical qualities and uses. Due to the ability to mimic a “cortisone” type effect, feverfew may be able to treat many conditions when used properly.
Growing feverfew is said to be very easy, as it self-sows once planted, and will easily spread naturally if you let it.
By starting your seeds indoors, about 8 weeks before the last frost in your area, and then moving them outside a week or 2 after the last frost, you will increase your sucess at growing feverfew greatly.
Feverfew is resistant to many pests, but may be bothered by aphids, snails, and black-flies in some areas.