How to Plant Feverfew Seeds


The feverfew plant (Tanacetum parthenium) originally hails from Europe, but is now found growing throughout North America. Gardeners prize it for its hardy nature, colorful foliage and daisy-esque blossoms. It's also sometimes grown as an herb. Instead of buying started seedlings or mature feverfew plants in a plant nursery, start your own feverfew collection by planting feverfew seeds.

Step 1

Wait six to eight weeks before the last frost date in your area before planting the feverfew seeds indoors. This gives the plant sufficient time to mature for transplanting, according to the University of Alaska. If you're planting the seeds outdoors, wait until the temperature is 70 degrees F and the ground has warmed enough to be malleable.

Step 2

Prepare the planting area. If sowing feverfew seeds indoors for transplanting, fill a standard seed tray--available from all garden stores and nurseries--with a soilless potting mix, according to the University of Kentucky. If planting feverfew seeds directly in the ground, breakup the soil with a spade to a depth of 6 inches and stir in a couple inches of aged compost.

Step 3

Plant the feverfew seeds. If using a planting tray, place one or two seeds in each of the tray's compartments. If growing feverfew directly in the ground, sprinkle the seeds liberally onto the surface of the bare soil at a rate of approximately two to three seeds in every square inch of dirt. Do not bury the seeds, because feverfew germinates best when exposed to light.

Step 4

Water the planting area twice daily or as needed to keep the soil surface consistently moist. Don't apply so much water as to create puddles, because this will drown the surface seeds. The feverfew will typically germinate within 10 to 14 days.

Things You'll Need

  • Seed tray
  • Soilless potting mix
  • Spade
  • Aged compost
  • Feverfew seeds


  • "Taylor's Guide to Annuals: How to Select and Grow more than 400 Annuals"; Barbara Ellis; 2000
  • University of Kentucky: Growing Feverfew
  • University of Alaska: Seed Starting and Transplanting

Who Can Help

  • University of Maryland Medical Center: Feverfew Health Benefits
  • Farmer's Almanac: Frost Dates
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