Tanacetum parthenium

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Tanacetum parthenium (L.) Sch. Bip.

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Order Asterales
Family Compositae
Genus Tanacetum

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Origin : North-East Mediterranean


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leaf showing the broad lobes
  • Leaves compound with broad segments.
  • Receptacle without paleas between the flowers.

Popular names

  • English: feverfew
  • French: grande camomille
see general discussion on chamomile.


Tanacetum parthenium (L.) Sch. Bip. (1844)


  • Matricaria parthenium L. (1753)
  • Chrysanthemum parthenium (L.) Bernh. (1800)
  • Pyrethrum parthenium (L.) Sm. (1800)


Usual cultivars have only one row of ligulate flowers. Some have more rows, and some have only ligulate flowers. Fournier (1952) distinguishes varieties with pale green (var. aureum) ou glaucous (var. glaucum) leaves, and varieties with no ray flowers (var. discoideum), with laciniated ray flowers (var. laciniatum) or with all flowers being white ray flowers fleurs (var. flore pleno).


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Feverfew is native of the Balkan Peninsula, Anatolia and the Caucasus. Its cultivation has spread around the world (Europe, the Mediterranean, North America and Chile).


  • Ornamental
  • Human medicine
  • Beverage


  • Fournier, Paul Victor, 1951-52. Flore illustrée des jardins et des parcs. Paris, Lechevalier. 3 vol. text, 339 + 549 + 536 p. et 1 vol. 181 tables. (Encyclopédie biologique, 38, 39, 40, 44). "Chrysanthemum parthenium" in vol. 3, 1952, p.456.