Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Feverfew

~ feverfew ~

~ feverfew ~
Tanacetum parthenium - probably a native of south-east Europe & spread via the Mediterranean to many parts of the world, including North America & Britain. It is an attractive & robust, vigorous plant & is found growing in the wild on dry, well-drained soils.
   In the 17th century, Culpeper advised its use for pains in the head & colds. In the late 18th century it was considered a special remedy for a body racked by too much opium. Nowadays it is used in the treatment of migraines.
   Feverfew can be invasive. It will grow anywhere - especially in loamy soil enriched with good manure in a sunny position. Plants may die out in hot summers or cold winters, but reseeds itself easily.
   It smells nicer than daisies, has long-lasting white flowers, which - if deadheaded, may rebloom later in the season. Great filler for holes in your flower beds, but remove spent flowers immediately if you wish to contain their spread.

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