Feverfew & Chamomile –

Just a little help and advice to all newbie and sometimes avid gardeners, makes all the difference …….

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE

As all gardeners know, when you first start out, naming certain species is not all that easy, especially when they ‘look’ and ‘smell’ alike.

And it’s especially difficult if you don’t have someone around to ask….and if you are anything like me, trolling the internet is a no no. I’d rather spend the time in the garden than wasting it.  Books are handy, but when your hands are covered in mud, your boots are caked with muck, you don’t want to be treading through the house. I keep a little plant identification pocket-book with me…. always within arms reach, but sometimes that doesn’t work as my fibro fog kicks in a soon as I close the book…and then I still don’t know what I am looking at.

The best way I have found, over many many years, is build up a mental memory of smell, taste, touch and feel…by this I mean don’t just look and touch, how does it make you feel?, is the leaf soft on your skin or does it prickle……etc, make little notes, ………. you get the picture..

and Slowly but surely you mentally build up your own memory library……..

Tips from the older generation gardeners are PRICELESS….always try and get them onto their ‘secrets’ of success subject…..trust me you will pick up more from them than any book..

So back to what I originally started …………………….. Spot the difference…

A common mistake people make is confusing Feverfew and Camomile……they both smell very similar, they both look very similar..But take a closer look……

Feverfew….

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Tanacetum Parthenium, feverfew, is a traditional medicinal herb which is commonly used to prevent migraines, headaches, arthritis, relieve fevers, muscle tension and pain, lowers blood pressure, lessens stomach irritation, stimulates appetite, improve digestion and kidney function.

Take note of the flower and how different the petals are. The leaf  is much wider than the camomile below….and it tastes bitter, very bitter.

Camomile…

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Chamomile or camomile is the common name for several daisy-like plants of the family Asteraceae that are commonly used to make herb infusions to serve various medicinal purposes. It can be used as a mild, relaxing sleep aid, treatment for fevers and colds, stomach ailments, and anti-inflammator.

They both self seed and if not controlled, WILL control you and take over your life, let alone your garden…..

I hope this little bit of info has helped ……

Happy gardening everyone……..

Some useful links below, so if you have a minute……have a read…..

http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/f/feverf10.html

http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-feverfew.html

http://www.ediblewildfood.com/chamomile.aspx

http://botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/c/chammo49.html

http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-chamomile.html

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  1. took me a minute to see it!

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