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Tanacetum parthenium

Also known as

Bachelor's Buttons (Double Form), Maids, Maithes, Pale Maids, Pellitory, Common Feverfew, Feather-Leaved Tansy, Featherfew

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Feverfew Overview

Tanacetum parthenium is a compact perennial herb with citrus-scented leaves and small daisy-like flowers. It has traditionally been cultivated as a medicinal plant and is commonly used to prevent migraine headaches. Feverfew is also an excellent insect repellent and often planted along the edges of plant beds.

Common problems with Feverfew

Pests include snails, slugs and the black fly. Using lime may deter them.

How to harvest Feverfew

Leaves and flowers can be harvested throughout the year. Cut the feverfew when the flowers are in full bloom. Tie the feverfew bundle at its stems with some twine and hang the bundle upside down to dry it. Feverfew will dry out best in a dark, airy and dry place.

How to propagate Feverfew


Start by planting the seeds indoors in containers in late winter and set out the seedlings in spring. Taking them outdoors, set plants at least 30 cm apart in all directions.


Cuttings should be made from the young shoots that start from the base of the plant. Insert into soil during Spring while cool.


To propagate by division, lift the plants whenever the roots are in an active condition. With a sharp spade, divide them into three or five fairly large pieces.

Special features of Feverfew

Crop rotation

Practice a three-year cycle of Feverfew crop rotation.

Repels harmful insects

Feverfew acts as a repellent in the garden and keeps mosquitoes, gnats, ticks & fleas away.

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Feverfew

Medicinal, insect repellant


Feverfew has been used as a herbal treatment to reduce fever and to treat headaches, arthritis and digestive problems.


The dried flowers can be made into a lovely tea or added to pies for an aromatic flavour.

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