Page author: David Giblin
Tanacetum parthenium
featherfew, feverfew
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Scattered locations throughout Washington; introduced in most of the western and eastern United States; escaped from gardens.

Habitat: Waste places.

Flowers: June-September

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Highly aromatic, branching perennial, 2-8 dm. tall, covered with fine, white-woolly hairs.


Leaves yellow-green, once or twice pinnate, the segments broad.


Heads in few-flowered umbels at the ends of the branches; disk 10-25 mm. wide; ray flowers white, occasionally wanting, 4-10 mm. long and nearly as wide; disk flowers numerous, yellow.

Accepted Name:
Tanacetum parthenium (L.) Sch. Bip.
Publication: Tanaceteen. 55. 1844. 1844.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Chrysanthemum parthenium (L.) Bernh. [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Tanacetum parthenium in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Tanacetum parthenium checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Tanacetum parthenium atlas page.

CalPhotos: Tanacetum parthenium photos.

USDA Plants: Tanacetum parthenium information.

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