Eye-catching, Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is a vigorous short-lived perennial that will light up your garden beds from mid to late summer with its prolific blooms of attractive, small, white flower heads atop a fragrant, evergreen, lacy foliage. Allowing some seeding will keep this lovely plant in the garden.
- Flowers vary in form, from open daisies to rounded balls (depending on cultivars) and last several weeks.
- Tanacetum parthenium grows in strongly aromatic, bushy, rounded clumps of erect branched stems, up to 40 in. tall (100 cm) and 24 in. wide (60 cm), with finely divided, fernlike foliage. Evergreen in mild climates, its lovely foliage will add some winter interest to the border.
- A full sun lover, it enjoys humus-rich, moist and well-drained soils. Drought tolerant too!
- Tanacetum parthenium is highly versatile and is an ideal addition to beds, borders, rock gardens, cottage gardens or naturalized areas (where it can self-seed freely). This is a great edging plant too!
- Excellent as fresh cut flowers or in dried arrangements.
- Promptly shear off spent flowers in order to control undesired self-seeding.
- Main Tanacetum parthenium varieties are:
'White Bonnet' with white blooms. 18 in. tall (45 cm)
'Golden Ball' with double, creamy yellow flowers. 12-18 in. tall (30-45 cm)
'Crown White' with pure white, minute buttons in densely borne head. 28 in. tall (70 cm)
'Ultra Double White' with fully double white flowers, a great variety for cut flowers that is highly popular with florists. 24 in. tall (60 cm)
'Rowallane' with pure white, button-shaped flowers. 14 in. tall (35 cm)
'Aureum', a highly popular golden-leaved variety with smaller sprays of white flowers. 12 in. tall (30 cm)