How to Grow Feverfew | Guide to Growing Feverfew

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How to Grow Feverfew | Guide to Growing Feverfew  



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Feverfew was first introduced to North America by European settlers in the 17th century, and has long been used to treat headaches and inflammation. Especially renowned as a treatment for migraines, Feverfew has also been used for menstrual problems such as cramping and irregularity. It can also be taken for problems such as joint pain and rheumatism.


Perennial (zones 5-9)

7 to 14 days

2 years

Moderately rich, well-drained soil

Partial shade, full sun

Flower, Leaf

8" to 10" apart

80 to 90 days

Growing Guide
Feverfew often grows to a height of 24-36" and produces good quantities of cheerful yellow and white flowers from early summer through late fall.


Feverfew is hardy and can do well with a wide range of soil and light conditions.


Feverfew is best started in late summer or early fall. The small seeds are light dependant and should be lightly covered with a very thin layer of soil (approx ¼" deep), 3 or 4 seeds together.


If starting indoors in spring, small groupings of seeds should be covered with a very thin layer of soil and kept moist.

Transplant once first true leaves are developed. Give each plant around 8-12" of space once started and thin as needed. Feverfew will readily self-sow after going to seed.


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Harvesting Guide
Gather flowers with a snip when in full bloom, and leaves just prior to flowering.



NOTE Feverfew should not be used during pregnancy because of the stimulant action on the womb. The fresh leaves may cause mouth ulcers in sensitive people.

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