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 ?
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
It looks like a semi-double form of Tanacetum parthenium (feverfew), take a
look at the description and photo:
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
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.
If I have a headache then I eat a couple of the leaves, they do taste awful but it does seem to help.
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?
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
Sorry fat blerk meant to say, welcome to the forum
Yes, welcome f-b, rude not to say that earlier.
Can't imagine letting feverfew pass my lips
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 !
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.
welcom fat_blerk, just saying hello cos I love the name!!!
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)