Tanacetum parthenium, (Feverfew) appears in old herbals as a remedy for migraines and headaches. It was ignored however, for many years until a doctor’s wife in Cardiff (Wales), Mrs Anne Jenkins discovered in 1970 that it cured her headache! She duly reported this and in 1980 clinical trials were carried out which confirmed that Feverfew is fairly safe and effective against headaches.
The Feverfew in the garden has been in flower since mid May and just finished a couple of days ago, so today I’ve cut it all back and there are some new flowers lurking beneath. It is worth noting that they are growing beneath a large conifer (more about that later) where many plants would fail. Because they grow best in dry, stony soil which is well drained they are coping with the poor soil here.
It’s important to cut the dead flower heads off promptly or they will self sow their seeds and spread quickly.