Feverfew Plant Information


Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is related to sunflowers. Its name is derived from a latin word that means "fever reducer" and it has been used as a fever reducer and pain reliever in European folk medicine for centuries.


Feverfew is a 2- to 3-foot perennial plant. It is also known as wild quinine or bachelor's buttons.


Small, daisy-like flowers appear on the plant from July to October.


Foliage is yellowish green and bitterly aromatic. Medicinal compounds are derived from the leaves of the plant.


Feverfew prefers full sun but will tolerate partial shade in warmer regions. Grow feverfew in well-drained soil in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9.

Medicinal Use

According to a study conducted at the Neurologische Universitätsklinik in Essen, Germany, a compound found in feverfew reduced the number of migraine episodes in the study group.


Individuals who are allergic to ragweed might be sensitive to feverfew as well.


  • University of MD: Feverfew
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering: Feverfew
  • Neurologische Universitätsklinik
Keywords: feverfew, pain reliever, migraine

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