(Tanacetum parthenium ‘Aureum’)
A rounded shrub with golden foliage and white and yellow daisy flowers over most of the year that has long been used to aid the symptoms of migraine and fever.
Feverfew is not a culinary plant but is an excellent insecticide and companion plant for the home and garden and a traditional home remedy plant.
Plant in selected spots around the veggie garden to attract beneficial insects. Also the foliage can be used as a deterrent in potpourri and mixed with lavender flowers and placed in sachets in cupboards and drawers. Feverfew tea has been used for many generations to give relief from migraines. Take a leaf, add a leaf or two of mint, and add boiling water. Let sit for a few minutes and drink. A couple of times a day is best. There are some side affects and it shouldn’t be taken during pregnancy.
Feverfew prefers an open position in well drained but reasonably moist soils. Foliage colour will vary with amount of sun.
Regular applications of Seasol and PowerFeed in Spring and autumn will keep the plants healthy and growing well.
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