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For Rural and City Living
Feverfew is grown for its ornamental beauty and also for its medicinal properties. As a plant, feverfew prefers a loamy soil and full sun, but it will grow well in most garden conditions and can easily become invasive. Depending on whether you want the beauty of the flowers or you want the medicinal value of the leaves will determine how to pick feverfew.
Picking the Flowers
Allow the feverfew flower buds to fully open.
Use scissors to cut the stems from the plant to the desired length.
Place the stems immediately into a vase filled with water if you have collected the flowers for a flower arrangement.
Bundle the stem ends together and tie with twine. Hang the bundles upside down, if you are drying the flowers for later use.
For Medicinal Purposes
Pluck or cut the leaves from the feverfew plant before the plank begins to bloom.
Tie the leaves together and hang in a well ventilated area to dry. This process can take several weeks.
Store the dried leaves in air-tight containers until needed for teas, tinctures or other medicinal uses.
Words to the Wise:
Young feverfew leaves can be eaten fresh in salads. The leaves are bitter, so use them sparingly.
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