Feverfew – seed packet – $2.99
Related tags: Aster Family, drought tolerant, Insectary plant
(Tanacetum parthenium) Perennial in the Aster Family, native to Eurasia. Deeply serrated light green foliage in neat clumps. White-petaled, yellow-centered flowers superficially resemble chamomile, but the heady chrysanthemum-ish aromatics of Feverfew make for a positive ID. 12-36” tall. Entire plant edible. Medicinally, used for treating headaches, both acute and migraine, and for breaking fevers.
Tolerates poor soils, including acidic ones; thrives in average garden soil. Full sun to part sun. Direct-sow in early Spring. Expect extended germination cycle. Foliage alone used for medicine; harvest whenever plant can spare it. Flowering tops also appropriate for medicinal harvest; bundle and dry for tea or tincture fresh. Plants do better when finished flowering stems are pruned short to the leaf clump. Enthusiastic self-seeder.
Contains at least 200 seeds. Packed for 2016.