PNW Landscape Plant Guide

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Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)

Feverfew is wee but mighty. It’s therapeutic use has been documented from ancient Greece, from indigenous cultures in Central and South Americas, and throughout Europe. The plant has been used to treat arthritis, asthma, constipation, dermatitis, earache, fever, headache, inflammatory conditions, insect bites, labor, menstrual disorders, psoriasis, spasms, stomach ache, swelling, tinnitus, toothache, vertigo, and worms.
Woof!

The leaves are the part with the most useful chemistry. Here is a paper from the NIH with some wonderful details: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3210009/#:~:text=Feverfew%20(Tanacetum%20parthenium%20L.),menstruation%20and%20labor%20during%20childbirth.
Here’s another article from Mount Sinai: https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/herb/feverfew

As a garden citizen, Feverfew is carefree and delightful. It grows into a 1-2 foot bushy mound of dense textured foliage sporting hundreds of small white daisies with prominent yellow centers from mid spring well into summer. It will spread into a colony of itself but is easily controllable. In a mild winter here in the Puget Sound area, the foliage goes to sleep late for the winter and gets up early.

Plant it in sun or light shade, rich soil or crappy soil. It doesn’t care and remains cheerful. It’s a fine role model to follow for brushing up on our people-ing skills.