“Feverfew is an underrated plant and a great performer when used as herbaceous perennial. The flowers are a wonderful white and look similar to daises – when planted among daisies Feverfew adds a second wave of blooms. The fragrant foliage is delicate, feathery and attractive” This is Hazel’s evaluation of Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)  which grows in both her herb garden and perennial beds. Hazel has been gardening with Feverfew for many years. Her garden is located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in NY (zone 5b).

Feverfew in bloom. Source: Self

Feverfew in bloom. Source: Self

A useful height at 10″ to 18″ tall, it is a great ‘proper-upper’ as it supports other heavy-headed flowering plants.

Works great with annuals too. Source: Self

Works great with annuals too. Source: Self

To quote Hazel:

” I really like white as the unifier in the perennial bed – that’s where the Feverfew comes in. Especially at dusk when you throw in some white flowers such as impatiens, daisies and Feverfew, I can’t think of anything prettier. “

This plant (in bud) will flower later, extending the flowering season. Source:Self

This plant (in bud) will flower later, extending the flowering season. Source:Self

When introduced into the herbaceous border the flowering season is about one month which is a good length of time. Prior to flowering the spring greenery is vibrant and lovely.

After flowering Feverfew becomes brown and straggly and should be deadheaded to avoid self-seeding. It can become invasive but it is easy to control, if it seeds itself in the wrong place it is easy to pull out, even when mature, the root comes up easily.

Deadhead after flowering. Source:Self

Deadhead after flowering. Source:Self

According to Hazel,

” There’s no guilt when pulling because it’s everywhere you want it to be! “

Feverfew growing among potted plants and decorative stones. Source:Self

Feverfew growing among potted plants and decorative stones. Source:Self

For other ideas on gardening with Feverfew and other herbs, take a look at this blog Home and Family

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