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01/07/2013 at 10:03

Hello. I am new to the forums and would like some help in identifying a dailsy like plant/flower. I am pretty sure that I have not sown/planted this myself and would like to know what it is. It seems to form itseld into a small bush and has light green parsley like foliage. Is it an annual or perennial ?

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/26551.jpg?width=217&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/26552.jpg?width=217&height=350&mode=max

 

01/07/2013 at 10:19

Looking at the leaves it looks like some sort of buttercup family plant or a daisy

It is pretty but me not quite sure

if you do not want some of it I would have some me like

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01/07/2013 at 10:52

It looks like a semi-double form of Tanacetum parthenium (feverfew), take a

look at the description and photo:

http://www.perennials.com/plants/tanacetum-parthenium-white-stars.html

01/07/2013 at 11:29

It does look like feverfew, if you go out and rub the leaves the smell (not scent) is really strong. Check for that to confirm

01/07/2013 at 15:51

Yes, thats it. The leaves have the strangest smell, like a chemist shop or like menthol sweets. Interesting to read its a treatment for migraines ! Thanks very much for your help.

01/07/2013 at 16:08

If I have a headache then I eat a couple of the leaves, they do taste awful but it does seem to help.

01/07/2013 at 16:42

they taste slightly less nasty if put in a plain bread sandwich - asuming the headache allows you to eat anything.  I believe you can make a tea from feverfew for headaches, but I don't have the correct recipe - might be worth hunting up maybe? 

01/07/2013 at 17:21

The yellow leaved type is equally effective for headaches I believe.  Lovely plant too except once you have it you have seedlings for ever.  You could  make a fortune selling these on a stall.........?

In my younger days used to eat carrot tops too believing they were a rich source of vitamins....bitter as anything.....but again mixed into salads were ok

01/07/2013 at 17:23

Sorry fat blerk meant to say, welcome to the forum

01/07/2013 at 18:12

Yes, welcome f-b, rude not to say that earlier.

Can't imagine letting feverfew pass my lips

02/07/2013 at 14:49

Thanks for the welcome and thanks for all the advice. I made the mistake of eating something after I had rubbed the leaves of the fever few plant, quite disgusting but I guess made into a tea with seven sugars you might be ok. I am going to give it a go next time my head hurts. Cheers !

02/07/2013 at 16:06

Hi fat_blerk(love the name!) Used to grow the yellow leaf one that Verd mentioned but never tried it for headaches- might get some again! That semi double flower is very pretty- much nicer than the common single ones. I think Booker's right about the tea. Try searching Jekka McVicar- the herb lady. She might have info on her site. 

02/07/2013 at 16:55

welcom fat_blerk, just saying hello cos I love the name!!!

02/07/2013 at 18:44

Theoretically you can make a flea rinse for dogs from it by infusing the leaves in boiling water and leaving it to cool thoroughly.  (I've never tried it though)

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