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Tanacetum parthenium


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  • Other common names feverfew
    bachelor's buttons (double form)

    pale maids

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  • Synonyms Chrysanthemum parthenium
    Matricaria parthenium

    Leucanthemum parthenium

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  • Family Asteraceae

  • Genus Tanacetum can be annuals, evergreen or herbaceous perennials or sub-shrubs, with simple or pinnately divided leaves and solitary or clustered, terminal, daisy-like or button-like flower-heads

  • Details T. parthenium is a short-lived bushy perennial with pungently aromatic, ovate, pinnately lobed leaves and daisy-like flowerheads 2.5cm across, with white rays and yellow disk florets in summer

  • Plant range Balkans


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Foliage

  • Toxicity Contact may irritate the skin. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered


  • Loam


  • Sand


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in any light, well-drained soil in full sun. Will not tolerate heavy, wet soils

Propagation Propagate by seed sown in situ in spring, division or take basal cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cottage & Informal Garden Wildlife Gardens City & Courtyard Gardens

How to care

Pruning Cut back after flowering. Deadhead to prevent excessive self-seeding

Pests May be attacked by aphids, leaf and bud eelworms and leaf-mining flies

Diseases Generally disease free

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