Sunday, July 6, 2008
In Bloom in the Garden - Feverfew
This charmer is Feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium, a hardy perennial that comes back year after year with these daisy like flowers. It often sets seeds so we have some of these plants to share with our Apprentice Gardeners. The fern like leaves are used to keep away migraines. It is a preventative medicine for migraines meaning that you have to either eat a leaf a day or drink a cup of tea a day to prevent the migraines from coming on. It is a bitter tasting tea/leaf but all of our customers who use it insist they would rather eat one bitter leaf a day than suffer a migraine. As the name suggests, in years gone by it was used to chase away fevers.