A Victorian garden staple and an herbal remedy for centuries, feverfew is a reliable, fairly drought-tolerant, unfussy plant with masses of small white flowers on scented, ferny foliage. Blooms attract beneficial insects, and are great fresh-cut or dried flowers. Avidly reseeds, so let these "volunteers" decorate your garden and attract pollinators. Also known as featherfew, bachelor's or bride's button, and midsummer daisy. Feverfew is used in traditional teas and has a long history of medicinal use. Perennial in USDA zones 5–8. Deer resistant.
Botanical Name: Tanacetum parthenium
Native: Europe and Asia
Hardiness: Short-lived perennial, (2 to 3 years) in USDA zones 5–8
Plant Dimensions: 12"–24" tall and wide; bushy habit
Variety Information: ¾" flowers, white with yellow centers
Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Period: Summer to frost; spent blossoms are constantly replaced with new if deadheaded regularly.
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Edible Flower
When to Sow Outside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, as soon as the soil can be worked, or in late fall.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 10 – 15 Days
Seed Depth: Press into surface
Seed Spacing: A pinch of seeds every 12"
Thinning: Thin to 1 every 12"
Special Care: Light aids germination. Press seed into soil surface; do not cover.