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Spring Flowers: Feverfew

A bucket of feverfew

You can never have enough feverfew! Any other farmer florists feel that way? It's cheery yellow and white flowers can be incorporated into any bouquet or design.


Our Story


I grew different varieties of feverfew last year and found each to be well worth the effort. Like orlaya, there never seemed to be enough because it was used each week in everything that went out the door. It has a look reminiscent of wildflowers but can be used in elegant bouquets, as well.


I tried to overwinter the feverfew I planted last year, but it did not survive. My experiment revealed important information as I continue to learn. This next year, my plan is to let the feverfew go to seed and let it scatter and grow on its own. I will plan to thin out the bed next spring and see what happens.


Bouquets of spring flowers, including feverfew, in a bucket

Care & Maintenance


Feverfew is another cool flower. It is cold hardy to zone 5. It does not need frost protection, though I like to cover all my cool flowers as they overwinter for extra protection from wind, cold temperatures, and nibbling animals. The fall planted feverfew overwintered well this year and is about to burst into bloom. I planted a second succession of seedlings in early spring and am excited to have a second crop growing.


Start seeds indoors to transplant out. Don't cover the seed. I start seeds into soil blocks. Learn more about that here.


Harvesting


Harvest feverfew starting with the central stem, snipping the stem a few leaves above the ground. As side stems bloom, harvest them at the base. Place stems into a bucket of cool water. You can harvest the flowers when they have begun to open.


Up close picture of feverfew


Other things to consider


I have found that feverfew also dries well. It adds dimension to dried arrangements and bouquets. Its blossoms dry into tiny blooms that contrast well with larger dried blooms.It was a favorite dried flower to work with for wreath workshops.


Feverfew repels insects, both good and bad. Plant accordingly.


Finally, as its name suggests, feverfew has varied medicinal uses. Whether you grow feverfew for medicinal purposes or to add joy to flower arrangements, it is a great flower to have in your garden.


This post is part of a year-long series on flowers and plants that we love and grow on the farm. Check out other flowers that we love. Pincushion


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