Care For A Feverfew Plant

Feverfew flowers look very much like a small white daisies and, like the daisy, feverfew is a member of the Chrysanthemum family. It will self-seed and come back year after year as a perennial in USDA zones 5 and above; treat it as an annual in northern climates. Its bright green leaves have a sharp, bitter taste, making it unpleasant to bees, so avoid planting it near flowers that need pollination, but do plant it near plants you wish to protect from pests. Its only real cultural requirement is well-draining soil. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Plant feverfew in full sun in well-draining soil. It is more susceptible to mildew if planted in the shade.

2. Use feverfew as a perennial border plant, but keep it mind that it can grow quite tall, up to two and a half feet. Elisabeth Sheldon, in an article for “The Herb Companion,” recommends cutting it back to half its size in the spring to keep it from hiding the rest of the garden. This will cause it to bloom later but will prevent it from growing into a massive bush.

3. Reset new plants in the spring. Adult feverfew has a tendency to lean over and take root where the stems touch the ground, resulting in a new plant you can cut away from the parent in the spring.

4. Plant feverfew in a pot and place it on steps, a porch or a patio where you don’t want bees. It is also an effective moth repellant. Feverfew should be planted near roses, as it will deter aphids.