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 an herbal remedy.   Contact may irritate the skin.  Traditionally it has been used as an 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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