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Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)


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This plant was probably introduced from the continent but now grows wild in many places. It is an upright plant with slighly downy stems, the upper halves of the stems are branched. It has long stalked white flowers surrounded by downy oblong shaped bracts. The seeds are ribbed. It was once thought to be effective as a fever cure (hence its name) and was also used as a remedy for headaches and problems related to childbirth. It is a hard weed to get rid of and grows on waste ground, hedgebanks and particularly on or by walls throughout Britain. Picture taken June 18th 2006 at Stagsden, Bedfordshire.

18th Jun 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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