Feverfew belongs to the Aster family and has more than 100 species. This perennial pyrethrum in the photo most of all resembles a chamomile with pink petals and a yellow center. The homeland of this plant is the foothills of the Caucasus, and in the middle lane it begins to bloom in early June.
Flowering lasts about a month, inflorescences can reach up to 6 cm in diameter. Its garden forms are numerous, there are double forms and various colors of petals. Not everyone knows what feverfew contains pyrethrin, a substance that causes the death of literally all insects. From the dried flowers of the plant, a powder is made, which is also called pyrethrum, and is used to treat animals and plants suffering from insects.
Pyrethrum grows in bright places or in partial shade. The soil should be loose, well-drained, since the plant does not tolerate waterlogging and freezes from it in winter. In general, feverfew is winter-hardy. He needs watering only in dry summers. Seeds are sown in the ground in autumn or spring to grow seedlings at home or in a greenhouse, starting in April. In the spring you can propagate it dividing the bush... If you decide to buy seeds, take a close look at the photo of feverfew, so as not to be mistaken with the choice of the variety.
Seedlings do not bloom in the first year, they only form a leaf rosette. In the second year, the plant will already delight you with flowers, and some gardeners manage to achieve and re-flowering in August-September. For this, feverfew is cut off immediately after the first flowering.