Chrysanthemum parthenium. N.O. Compositae.
Synonym ► Featherfew, Featherfoil, Pyrethrum parthenium. Habitat ► Waste places, hedges.
Features ► Stem one and a half feet high, erect, finely furrowed, hairy, branches towards top. Leaves alternate, bipinnatifid, serrate edges, very short hairs, about four and a half by two and a half inches; leaf stalk flat above, convex below. Numerous flowers (June and July), yellow disc, white petals, each on stalk. Taste, very unpleasant.
Part used ► Herb.
Action ► Aperient, carminative.
Assists in promotion of the menses and in the expulsion of worms. Also given in hysterical conditions. Infusion of 1 ounce to 1 pint boiling water, wineglassful doses.