Feverfew ~ Chrysanthemum parthenium

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Dried Seed Heads
(Also called Tanacetum parthenium)

Feverfew flowers look like small and delicate shasta daisies. The central eye of the flower is where the seeds develop. Allow the flowers to mature and their petals to drop naturally. The central eye will swell with maturing seeds. When they are ripe it will turn light brown in color, the stem beneath the seed head will also brown.

The seeds are easy to collect. Simply strip off the dried seed head, allow it to dry on a plate for a few days, and then crumble it with your fingers. It will break apart into many small light-wheat colored seeds. They are very tiny things, like bits of a thin line.

There will be some chaff in with the seeds but it is also small. Good traders sends these seeds with chaff as it is so difficult to separate the two. Sowing the seeds is simple, pat them into the soil surface and ignore any chaff bits as they will not interfere with germination.

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