Feverfew is a short-lived perennial which reseeds easily. It grows to about 60cm and has yellow green lobed leaves which have a strong aroma. The flowers are borne in clusters at the branch tips and are daisy like flowers with yellow centers and white ray florets.
The main use of feverfew is as a treatment for migraines. Clinical trials have shown that taking 2 leaves of feverfew per day reduces the number of migraine attacks.
It is a bitter herb with a pungent odor. It is also used for rheumatic and arthritic complaints, fevers and menstrual problems.
Externally it has been used for skin conditions, insect bites and bruising.
Feverfew should not be taken during pregnancy. In about 5% of people the fresh leaves cause mouth ulcer, in this case a capsule or tablet could be used.
Feverfew makes an attractive garden plant with its fern like foliage and long flowering season.
It will grow in full sun to part shade and will handle dry conditions. Feverfew grows best in well drained soils but will grow in a wide range of soils. Feverfew is a short lived perennial but there are always plenty of seedlings to replace the original planting perfect for a cottage garden look.
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