Chrysanthemum parthenium (L.) Pers. var. flore pleno

Upright perennial with much dissected leaves and dene panicles of small, double white flowers.  To 1m.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Ancient garden plant.  As the name suggests, used in herbal medicine as a treatment for fevers and headaches, but also for stomach aches, toothaches, insect bites and a wide range of other conditions, including more recently, migraine. 

History at Camden Park

Plants were obtained from the Sydney Botanic Garden on 17th October 1853.  [RBGS AB].  Although it is a very attractive garden subject Macarthur possibly obtained this plant for its reputed medicinal uses. 


Published Feb 01, 2009 - 01:59 PM | Last updated Jul 14, 2010 - 04:16 PM

More details about Chrysanthemum parthenium (L.) Pers. var. flore pleno
Family Asteraceae
Region of origin

Northern Europe, including Britain

  • Pyrethrum parthenium Sm.
  • Tanacetum parthenium Sch.Bip.
Common Name

Feverfew, Batchelor?s buttons

Name in the Camden Park Record

Pyrethrum parthenium flore plena 

Confidence level high