Feverfew Benefits

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Feverfew is a member of the chrysanthemum family and has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries.  It has been used to treat headaches, migraines, arthritis, fever and problems with childbirth, among other things.  The active ingredient in feverfew, Parthenolide, is currently being studied for medical purposes.   Feverfew is most known for fighting migraines and inflammation when used on a regular basis.

Even without these properties, its small, daisy-like, white flowers with bright yellow centers make a beautiful addition to any garden.  Many people consider feverfew and roses to be a must-have pairing!  Originally from southeastern Europe, it can now be found all over Europe, North America and Australia.

You can start planting your feverfew seeds either indoors or outside.  If you plant them outside, be sure to wait until spring when the ground is warm.  Plant the seeds about 1/8” in well-drained soil.  (Feverfew needs sunshine to germinate.  If you bury them too deeply, they will not grow.)  Feverfew generally tolerates most soils well, unless its overly wet, however, it prefers sandy soil. 

Water the seeds with mist at first to keep the seeds from being buried too deeply.  Feverfew needs full sun, but in a place that’s sheltered from the wind.  Areas with shade or plants that are kept indoors beyond the germination period tend to be leggy.  The seeds should start to grow in 6-21 days.  So don’t be discouraged if you don’t see anything happening for a couple weeks.

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If you’re starting your feverfew inside, simply drop a few seeds in the dirt at the top of the pot, then tap the bottom of the pot a little to help the seeds settle.  Use a spray bottle to water the seeds as you would for outdoor germination.  Place the pot with the seeds either in a sunny window or under a glow light.  You can transfer the plants to your garden when they reach about three inches tall.

If you didn’t start there, you definitely want to move your feverfew outside when it reaches the right size because it tends not to do as well indoors, where there is less sunshine.  When your plants are growing well, thin out the group so that there is at least 8-12” between each plant.  Feverfew plants grow about two feet in height and just over a foot in diameter.  Frequently cutting off blooms through the summer will result in a longer blooming season.

Since feverfew is a perennial, if you cut it back in winter, it will regrow next spring.  It should bloom every year between July and October.  Individual plants typically die within two to three seasons, but you should also find quite a few new plants growing up from dropped seeds.  You should have feverfew for years and years and plenty of plants to share with friends and family.  Feverfew is a great addition to any garden!

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