Feverfew - Tanacetum parthenium
Family - Asteraceae
Syn. - Pyrethrum parthenium, Chrysanthemum parthenium
Also known as - Bachelor's Buttons

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Feverfew is an abundantly flowering perennial plant with citrus-scented leaves similar to Daisies, native to Eurasia and introduced elsewhere and often regarded as an invasive weed, it grows to approximately 45-60cm (18-24in) high, it can cover a large area in a few years.

Pinnatifid light green ovate leaves with conspicuous clustered or singular terminal rayed flowers up to 25mm (1in) across, many white petals with a yellow central section.  The outer florets are all ligulate and white.  The inner florets are yellow and tubular in lax corymbs.

FBCP do not advise or recommend that Feverfew - Tanacetum parthenium is eaten or used as a herbal remedy.   Contact may irritate the skin.  Traditionally it has been used as a herbal remedy to prevent migraines and headaches and reduce fevers.  Allergic reactions are possible to Feverfew and excess use may produce withdrawal symptoms.

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