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Fever Few

Scientific Name: Tanacetum parthenium

Height: Feverfew plants typically grow to a height of 61-91cm (24-36 inches). It is essential to consider this height requirement when planning the spacing between each plant to allow for proper growth and development.

Days to Maturity: Feverfew has a relatively long maturity period, taking approximately 100-110 days from planting to reach full maturity. This information is crucial for gardeners to plan their planting schedule and harvest times accordingly.

Sun Preference: Feverfew thrives in full sun conditions, requiring at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day for optimal growth. When selecting a planting location, ensure that it receives adequate sunlight to support the plant’s development.

Plant Type: Feverfew is classified as a hardy annual or tender perennial, depending on the specific growing conditions and climate. As a hardy annual, it can withstand cooler temperatures and may reseed itself in favourable environments.

Appearance: The feverfew plant, scientifically known as Tanacetum parthenium, produces small daisy-like flowers with white petals and a central yellow disc. The flowers are clustered together in rounded balls or corymbs, creating a visually appealing display. The outer petal rays of the flowers are typically white to creamy in colour, while the centre disc is yellow. Depending on the cultivar, the flowerheads may vary slightly in appearance, but they generally maintain the characteristic daisy-like structure with a central disc

Harvesting :  Harvest when one-quarter to one half of the flowers on the stem are open.

Vaselife : The vase life of Feverfew flowers can vary depending on the specific conditions and care provided. In general, Feverfew flowers can last for about 7 - 10 days in a vase under proper care.

Special Features : Compounds in feverfew, such as parthenolide and tanetin, have shown to inhibit the production of prostaglandins, which are inflammatory molecules. This anti-inflammatory property may contribute to feverfew’s effectiveness in treating various conditions.

Design features: I love this little cluster of white and yellow pops and use this as a great filler flower. It is also great in bouquets

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