Growing Feverfew


A member of the Chrysanthemum family, feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium) is sometimes called Wild Chamomile, as the two plants are very similar. Feverfew is a perennial plant and hardy in zones 3 to 9. It is sometimes grown for its leaves, which are used in teas to reduce fevers and anxiety. This plant grows up to 2 feet tall and has small, daisy-like flowers.

Planting and Care of Feverfew

Step 1

Choose a site with full sun (afternoon shade in southern areas) and well-drained, fertile soil.

Step 2

If planting from seeds, plant directly into the ground in the spring. With your trowel, smooth out the soil and disperse the seeds evenly. Cover with a thin layer of soil and water. Water the seedlings regularly until well-established.

Step 3

In the spring, after the last frost, you can plant container-grown feverfew. Dig a hole roughly twice the size of the plant's base and place it in the hole. Fill back with soil, making sure there aren't any air pockets. Water generously. Plants should be spaced 1 to 2 feet apart.

Step 4

During the summer months, deadhead any spent flowers by pinching them off the stem with your fingers. Feverfew will self-sow, so leaving a few flowers behind in the fall will allow them to go seed and you'll have new plants come spring.

Step 5

To protect your feverfew over the winter months, place mulch over and around the plant in the fall. This can be wood chips, grass clippings or even pine branches.

Things You'll Need

  • Feverfew seeds or plant
  • Trowel
  • Water
  • Mulch


  • Pick the Right Plant; Time-Life Books, 1998.
  • Magic & Medicine of Plants; Reader's Digest Books, 1992.
  • Feverfew
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