Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)

9 March

After a week of this I thought to slip in a bit of unseasonal greenery while we wait for spring. This plant, also known for some reason as bachelor’s buttons, grows regularly around here and we have clumps in the garden. Another Asteracea, it is not native to North America but seems well naturalised. It has a purported ability to treat fevers, headache and mask unpleasant flavors in food – it is also reputedly efficaceous against mosquitoes, creatures we have many of here in summer and which will certainly feature in the 1000 Species list at some point (possibly flattened).