A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 71 – Feverfew

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“Feverfew” – Summer 2013 – The Garden Table – Wilkinsburg, PA

“A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

Tanacetum parthenium… But I am pretty sure we all know it as “Feverfew”… I was first introduced to this plant a few years ago in the form of a trade… I was told it was “Gods Tylenol”… It cost me a small chunk of my creeping Oregano…

Feverfew can be a little invasive if neglected… It is a profuse bloomer and has a tendency to reseed itself if the flowers are not dead-headed… This can actually become a bit of an issue mid-season because Feverfew does not bloom all at one time… It blooms progressively throughout the season…

Although Feverfew is a perennial… I would consider it a short-lived one… It just takes on the appearance of having a long life due to the fact that it reseeds readily… In my own experiences each plant lives for 2-3 years before “crapping-out”… Given the size of the plant at maturity the seedlings below stay relatively small… But once the primary plant dies the seedlings quickly come to life in an attempt to take over dominance… This can be helped along with a bit of selective thinning…

Tanacetum has a history of being used as a headache reliever and fever reducer… I am not a doctor and after a few hours of research I have found nothing but conflicting information… For that reason I am simply going to say this… Use any herb you grow with extreme caution… It is not typically the herb/chemical itself that will harm you… It is the reaction of that herb/chemical with something else you are taking that will harm you… Always research the medicine you take… Both holistic and “conventional”-(not sure what word to use here)… Remembering to go beyond the effects and specifically look at the reactions…

Again… I am the farthest thing from a doctor… But something I am sure of is…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

If you want some science – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feverfew

These “Plant a Day Till Spring” posts are simply intended to kill time until spring when I start writing more… My source (where applicable) is Wikipedia.org… The photography is all my own… And I am adding my own information…

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